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Former Libertarian Party official kills associate then self
by AP Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 12:26 PM

Jeff Allen was vice chairman of the Alabama Libertarian Party when he ran against Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions.


The Birmingham News, April 29, 2004

Police said a former Alabama Libertarian Party official shot and killed his business associate and then himself in the back of a Hoover doctor's office. Hoover police Capt. A.C. Roper said the apparent murder-suicide occurred about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday when Hoover Family Medicine employees heard gunshots.

Police identified the shooter as Jeff Allen, 46, of Hoover. Allen ran unsuccessfully for the Hoover City Council in 2000 and the U.S. Senate in 2002. He was vice chairman of the Alabama Libertarian Party when he ran against Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Police said Allen shot Darren Keith Palmer, 44, of Hoover. Palmer was a stock trader whom an investor said lost about $750,000 for some professionals in the past. Police said they did not know what caused Allen to shoot Palmer and then himself. They said Allen apparently was working for or with Palmer.

Birmingham City Councilman Dr. Jimmy Blake owns the clinic were the shooting occurred. Blake said Palmer had been leasing space in the back of the clinic for less than a year, and Allen started working there about six weeks ago. Blake said they provided stock market information to professionals.

"This really comes as quite a shock," he said. "Yesterday, he was in a wonderful mood - looked good and smiling and seemed just fine." Blake was not at the clinic when the shooting occurred.

Roper said that after gunfire was heard, one employee went to investigate and was told by Allen to go back up front and call 911. Blake said the employee locked the door to the back offices and called police, who cleared the building and found both men dead.

One was in an office and the other in a hallway. Police said both had gunshot wounds to the head.

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