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KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - A murder-suicide ended the lives of a Salisbury couple inside a Lowe's home improvement store Monday afternoon, a store spokesperson confirmed Tuesday morning.
Por Ye Lor, 31 walked into the store on Dale Earnhardt Blvd. and got into an argument with his wife, Zoua Xiong, 25, a cashier at the store, Lowe's Spokesperson Karen Cobb told WBTV.com. Lor shot Xiong, then killed himself, Cobb said.
On Tuesday afternoon family members told WBTV they had no idea what the circumstances were that led to the argument and the shooting at Lowe's
"It's like a giant puzzle where none of the pieces fit together," one family member told WBTV. "We don't understand it."
Concord interim Police Guy Smith said officers responded to the scene around 5:30 p.m. Monday. The incident happened inside the store, close to the front entrance, he said.
Cobb said 40 people, including employees and customers, were inside the store when the shooting happened, but no one else was injured.
Zachary Bare learned of the shooting when he got a phone call from his grandparents who were inside. "They called and told us that they were in the middle center of Lowe's and that they heard gunshots," he recalled, "a guy came back and told them they needed to stay put."
Bare's relatives made it to safety along with other customers and employees once police arrived. As they left, Bare said they described a gruesome scene. "They said they saw two bodies laying on the floor," he said.
It was not immediately known what Xiong and Lor had been arguing about.
Xiong, who was known by co-workers as Vivian, had been employed with Lowe's for 6 years, working at the Salisbury location and the store on Dale Earnhardt Blvd. in Kannapolis.
The couple and their three children, ages 3, 5, and 7, lived in a small home on Arbor Drive in the Meadowbrook community in Salisbury.
Neighbor Wade Troublefield told WBTV that the family was friendly and appeared to be happy.
"The people, as far as I know, she seemed to be nice, all of them did," Troublefield said. "When we met them out at Walmart she seemed to be a real nice person, the guys, when I talked to them, they were nice too."
On Monday night Salisbury Police rushed to the home to check on the children. All were found to be okay and with other family members.
On Tuesday there were several toys, including a toy truck, a teddy bear, and a swing in the front yard of the home.
The children are now with the Department of Social Services.
Grief counselors will be at the store Tuesday helping employees deal with the tragedy, Cobb said. Team members from surrounding Lowe's stores were also coming in to help the store maintain its normal operating hours, she added.