Patrick Tracy Burris, in a mug shot. The 'spree killer' terrorized s South Carolina community by shooting five people to death before police killed him Monday July 6, 2009. Burris, 41, was a career criminal paroled just two months ago, authorities said, and was shot to death by officers investigating a burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, N.C., 30 miles from where the killing spree started June 27. Burris had a long rap sheet filled with charges such as larceny, forgery and breaking and entering from states across the Southeast, including Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. He had been paroled from a North Carolina prison in April after serving nearly eight years.