Four people have died in a suspected murder-suicide at a homeless encampment in North Carolina.
The tragedy took place at the Autryville homeless encampment, located about 55 miles away from Raleigh.
Residents of the encampment reportedly heard an argument before the violence unfolded at around 9.30am on Sunday, NBC reported.
The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office has identified the gunman as 40-year-old Dwane Paul Miller, of Marysville, Washington.
Miller allegedly shot the three victims, two women and a man, before turning the gun on himself, according to police.
One of the female victims was 41-year-old Carrie Nicole Trampel, who had ongoing domestic violence issues also involving Miller stemming from another state. It is unclear how the other two victims, Daniel Jay Wiltshire, 44, and Amber Rae King, 43, knew Miller.
“Three of the deceased had multiple gunshot wounds and one appeared to have a single gunshot wound,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to The Sampson Independent. “Evidence shows that Miller discharged his firearm multiple times into the three victims before turning the gun on himself.”
The sheriff’s office added that Miller and the victims had been living in two tents in the homeless encampment for several weeks before the murder-suicide.
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