FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An angry husband sprayed his father-in-law’s house with bullets from two 30-round magazines, killing two people, after his wife ran to the home during an argument Wednesday.
The man later exchanged gunfire with authorities and died of a gunshot wound after hitting several deputies and a state trooper, Cumberland County Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler said.
“He just went wild,” Butler said of the shooter. “I mean, shooting at random. He just turned it loose, that automatic. He unloaded it every time I think he pulled up there” in front of the victims’ house.
The violence began before 7 a.m., when 41-year-old Valerie Michaelis called 911 for help, authorities said. Michaelis and her husband, Andrew, were arguing and she said he was holding her at gunpoint.
Investigators said Valerie Michaelis got the gun from her husband, who then pursued her with a knife. She fled to her father’s house.
Seven people were in the house when authorities say Andrew Michaelis drove by in his truck and discharged a 30-round magazine from what authorities described as an assault rifle. He killed two people: his wife’s father, 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson’s 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington. Among those in the house was Ryan Michaelis, 13, who was there “because of problems in the home,” Butler said.
His father knew Ryan was in the Simpson home, the sheriff said.
Michaelis drove away and then returned a second and third time to fire into the house and from inside the truck, Butler said. Deputies arrived in between the volleys, and one who entered the home was hit in the chest, back and shoulder.
“Later on we heard a series of bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” said Luz Ross, who lives beside the Simpson home. “It was like war over that side. And a little later on there were a series of high-powered bang, bang, bang, bang, over that area.”
Other deputies pursued Andrew Michaelis through a wooded area into an adjoining neighborhood and onto a residential street. He continued firing at deputies, who returned fire, Butler said.
Michaelis died at the scene, but it wasn’t clear if the deputies killed him or if he took his own life. Authorities found another 50 to 60 rounds in his truck “so this man was prepared to take some lives this morning,” Butler said.