GRANITE QUARRY, N.C. (WBTV) - Officials say a man fatally shot another man before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide at a home in a Rowan County town Wednesday morning.
The shooting happened some time before 11:45 a.m. on the 400 block of N. Main Street, between Crook Street and E. Kerns Street, in Granite Quarry. According to officials, a neighbor called 911 when they heard gunshots.
“We had received several phone calls about gunshots at a residence," said Granite Quarry Police Chief Mark Cook. "Myself and another officer were on scene in about a minute. On our arrival we found two male victims both had apparent gunshot victims both parties were deceased. “
According to police, the shooting was a murder-suicide.
Officials say during the initial investigation, the incident appeared to be the results of a domestic situation, taking a turn for the worst.
On Wednesday night, police released more information from the investigation.
Police say the suspect in the case, identified as 26-year-old Andrew Lee Myers, was estranged from his wife. Myers reportedly arrived at her home and was lying in wait inside a pickup truck.
When the victim, identified as 30-year-old Tyler William Hamilton, walked out of the home, police say Myers stepped from the truck and fired one shot from a shotgun, striking the Hamilton in the head. Myers then reportedly walked inside the home, confronted his estranged wife and then turned the gun on himself.
“Yes, this is highly unusual for us, a very quiet, quaint community," Cook added. "It’s very unfortunate that this situation devolved into the what it did. Tragically we have two very young lives that have been taken away today and truly will be felt throughout the community.”
“It’s quite shocking to really happen at all, I don’t understand why people do the things they do sometimes," said Anthony Cira. Cira’s brother owns the duplex. “It’s too close to home is the first thing I thought…like, my God.”
No further details have been made available.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Granite Quarry Police Department or the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.