‘Terribly tragic’: Caroline sheriff’s office investigating murder-suicide

A Caroline County community shaken as the sheriff's office investigates a suspected murder suicide inside a home.
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 2:53 PM EDT
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CAROLINE, Va. (WWBT) - The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide that happened Friday morning.

The Caroline County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call at 7:48 a.m. for shots fired at a home in the Ladysmith Village subdivision.

Deputies found a woman and man dead from gunshot wounds.

Neighbor Rachel Johnson says the woman killed had children, and now the neighborhood is rallying to support them.

“Just praying for the children that now don’t have a mom,” Johnson said. “I think that’s the hardest part is trying to support them, and I think we’re Ladysmith Village, we’ll be able to support them, but definitely not something that we would want to happen here again.”

Sheriff Scott Moser says one of the children was in the house at the time of the incident and called 911 through a neighbor.

“Preliminary investigation results indicate that the deceased male fatally shot the female, then fatally shot himself. Investigators confirmed that both of the deceased individuals lived at the home on Meriwether Lewis Drive,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office says that while the incident was close to Lewis and Clark Elementary School, there was no threat to the school. Buses were routed away from the scene.

Moser says that the names of the man and woman are not being released at this time.

“This a terribly tragic incident, and my thoughts and prayers are with the families involved as they endure this very difficult time,” Moser said.