Police said five children were in the Gaston County mobile home where a man fatally shot his estranged wife and her boyfriend Tuesday and then shot and killed himself.
Four of the children ran outside when the shooting began in the home on Archie Road, in the Chapel Grove area southwest of Crowders Mountain State Park, Gaston County police said.
Police said they found the fifth child hiding in the home. The children, ages 4 to 13, were unharmed, police said.
At 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, the Gaston County Police Communications Center received several 911 calls about shots being fired and someone possibly being shot at the home at 225 Archie Road.
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Police said they found James Baxter Baucom, 57, dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the yard of the home.
Officers then entered the home and found Lisa Cole King, 51, also dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
Benjamin Elliot King, 52, of Fort Mill, S.C., was also found in the home. He had a gunshot wound and was taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, where he later died.
“While the investigation is still ongoing, investigators believe this case appears to be a murder suicide, and no other suspects are being sought,” police said in a statement.
Police said Benjamin King was Lisa King’s estranged husband. Lisa King had lived at Baucom’s home for several weeks, police said. The children in the house were Baucom’s grandchildren, police said.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.