UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A shooting in Union County on Monday afternoon left one person dead and two others injured with gunshot wounds.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred before 12:20 p.m. off of Pleasant Grove Road near Mineral Springs.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men was dead and the other was shot in the chest.
Deputies say a third man who was also at the scene, reportedly left in a car before deputies arrived.
One deputy, familiar with the situation, spotted the third man in a car about one mile away and detained him. It was determined that this man, 24-year-old Jeremy Benson Carpenter, had been at the home just minutes earlier.
Detectives believe Carpenter and one of the men got into a fight that led Carpenter back to his car where he went and got a gun.
During a struggle over the gun, a round discharged hitting Carpenter in the hand and a second round struck the first man. During the struggle, a round also struck and fatally wounded the second man.
Carpenter was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand and the surviving man was also treated for injuries at the hospital. Deputies say neither Carpenter nor the other man’s injuries appear to be life-threatening.
On August 30, Union County officials announced that Carpenter had been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting of Joseph M. Kisiah Sr., who was pronounced deceased as a result of this incident.
Authorities say a domestic disturbance on Sunday evening resulted in deputies responding to this same house that night
Deputies determined that Carpenter allegedly assaulted and injured a woman at this home.
The woman, wife of the man who was killed in Monday’s shooting, was treated and released for a head injury.
Deputies arrested Carpenter and charged him with assault on a female and he was jailed until posting bond early Monday morning.
Detectives believe that Carpenter has a young child with a family member of the people that live in this home, and that the homeowners frequently provide care for the child.
Neighbors were shocked to hear this happening in what they say is usually a quiet neighborhood.
“We’re not used to this in this area. Everyone knows everybody, no one would hurt one another. This is very unusual,” said neighbor Debbie Thompson Gaither.