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Man, grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired at home

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Three people were killed and three Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies were injured in a shooting just outside Fayetteville. Three people were killed and three Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies were injured in a shooting just outside Fayetteville.
Sheriff Moose Butler said Andrew Michaelis died at the scene. Sheriff Moose Butler said Andrew Michaelis died at the scene.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.

Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wife called him about the incident.

"She told me her baby was in there laying on the floor dead," Kelly Convington said. "My heart just dropped."

Michaelis was also shot and killed, but it was unclear if he took his own life or if he was shot by a responding officer.

"He had about 50 to 60 more rounds within his truck, so this man was prepared to take some lives this morning," Sheriff Moose Butler said.

The sheriff's office said shootout occurred after deputies were called to a home on Bramblegate Road in response to a domestic dispute around 7 a.m.

Deputies said Valerie Michaelis called 911 for help after she and her husband Andrew Michaelis became involved in an argument inside their home. During the argument, Valerie Michaelis said her husband held her at gun point until she was able to get the gun away from him.

Deputies said Andrew Michaelis then went after his wife with a knife, but she was able to escape and fled to Simpson's home in the 5100 block of New Moon Drive. Simpson was identified as Valerie Michaelis's father.

The sheriff's office said Andrew Michaelis followed Valerie Michaelis to the home, and fired 30 shots from a high-powered assault rifle. Deputies said two of the seven people inside the home were hit by gunfire, including Simpson and Covington.

Both Simpson and Covington died as a result of their injuries.

"We've had some bad situations, but I think this is one of the top five. When you see a young 10-year-old over here and a 61-year-old here shot in his house, shooting through his wall, I tell you it was real bad," Butler said.

The Michaelis' son, Ryan Michaelis, was also at the home, but he did not suffer any physical injuries.

Deputies said Andrew Michaelis left the scene of the shooting and then returned, firing 30 more shots. When he left and returned a third time, deputies were inside the home responding to the call for help.

Andrew Michaelis again began firing at the home, striking two deputies inside.

One of the deputies suffered a gunshot wound to his chest, back and shoulder. He was transported to Cape Valley Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition.

A bullet struck a second deputy on her "duty belt," which prevented the bullet from penetrating her body. She suffered only minor bruising.

Deputies then began to pursue Andrew Michaelis through a wooded area in an adjoining neighborhood. The sheriff's office said Michaelis continued to fire his weapon at deputies, who in turn returned fire.

During the exchange, a deputy's head was grazed by a bullet from Michaelis' rifle. Another deputy avoided injury when a bullet penetrated his uniform, but it did not strike his body.

A Highway Patrol trooper suffered a shrapnel wound when one of the bullets shot through his vehicle, deputies said.

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Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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