Man dies after turning gun on self, shooting former wife, deputies say

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LAURENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies said a man opened fire on his former wife and another person before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting happened Friday morning at a home on Ballard Drive in Cross Hill.

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said it’s being investigated as a domestic violence incident.

Deputies said it appears the man arrived at the home and opened fire on the victims, including his ex wife and a locksmith who was changing locks on the residence at the time.

“There was at least six shots or [more]…went off real fast,” said neighbor Donald King. “Then I heard a sound like maybe two more just a little bit after that. It wasn’t long.”

The woman was shot in the arm. Deputies said she and the locksmith managed to get inside before the man turned the gun on himself.

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Robert Wilkie said the man passed away Friday evening. 

“We just kind of heard a little commotion, and…happened to look out our window and saw probably about 15 cop cars or so about three houses down from us,” said neighbor Brandon Lewis. 

Neighbors told 7 News they didn’t know of any trouble at the home. 

“Really shocked. Very sad for them and their family,” Lewis said. “Really, really surprised because they seemed like such normal people.”

King said he saw a white truck with a trailer attached at the house regularly. Friday morning he said he saw it leave, and then come back in a hurry about ten minutes later. Then, he said he heard gunshots. 

“I went inside and locked the door and got my gun out just in case,” King said. “I wasn’t about to go down there because I couldn’t tell what was really happening.”
      
An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, according to the deputy coroner. 

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