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Witness: Statesville man said he killed his kids, would kill police

Posted August 10, 2015

According to CBS-affiliate WBTV, Shawn Fuller is accused of shooting and killing his 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons before turning the gun on himself. (WSOC/Facebook)
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— An Iredell County man who shot his two sons before shooting himself was on the phone at the time of the incident, according to Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Investigators have found a witness who was speaking on the phone with Shawn Fuller, 31, when he allegedly killed his two children. According to the witness, Fuller said that he had killed his kids and would kill any law enforcement that arrived at the home.

Josiah Fuller, 3, and Uriah Fuller, 4, were shot by Fuller early Sunday morning before he turned the gun on himself, Campbell said. He said that if Fuller survives his injuries, he will be arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

An autopsy for the children was scheduled for Monday and preliminary results show that they died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers were called to the home near Statesville around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after reports of an intoxicated man firing a weapon. Authorities said the boys' mother was assaulted prior to leaving the house and calling 911.

When police arrived at the home, Fuller was found on the front lawn, while the children were found in the living room.

Investigators believe that the shooting took place prior to the first 911 call regarding the incident.

Campbell said that the weapon used in the incident was found next to Fuller when police arrived. It appears as though the gun belonged to Fuller’s wife and had been hidden in the house.

Police have one prior domestic incident on file regarding the family from May 2015. That case involved a verbal altercation between Fuller and his wife.

The family has lived in North Carolina for more than three years.

Campbell said that deputies working on the case will receive counseling to help them deal with the situation.

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  • Angie Cox Aug 11, 2015
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    she left her babies there with a man with HER gun. I think she should be feeling very guilty. she put herself first! there are cell phone and house phones. there is no way I would have ever left my boys with him.

  • Clayton Bigsby Aug 11, 2015
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    Ken I'm still waiting for proof of all these pictures of guns you claim to have seen or claim to have been reported. Owning 1 of anything hardly makes someone a fanatic but altering the truth makes you a liar.

    Meanwhile in Chicago, the city with arguably the toughest gun laws in the country, there have been 300+ shootings in the past month and over 1,700 in 2015. You can rest assured these are not "right wing" voters but rather the exact opposite. But tell us again how legal gun owners are the problem in our country.

    http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/shootings

  • Ashley Headrick Aug 11, 2015
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    God doesnt cause strokes. God causes victory over death and changed hearts and peace to those who submit theirselves unto Him. Children die and sin abounds as a result of fallen people in a fallen world.

    Btw your Facebook "link" doesnt work. And even if the man held conservative values does NOT mean he is Christian or even trusts God. Sometimes its about culture to some people.

    So keep trying to find peace in the intellect of man and everytime you will find holes in it. I bet if someone held a gun to your head or you were about to die you would call out to God then. One day we will all see who was right, who pretended to know God, and who knew reality and didnt.

  • Ken Butler Aug 10, 2015
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    https://www.facebook.com/fullerfam20142/media_set?set=a.362474567276146.1073741858.100005408175264&type=3

    http://interactives.wbtw.com/photomojo/gallery/36909/629065/2-nc-brothers-killed-deputies-say/2-nc-brothers-killed-by-drunk-dad-deputies-say/

  • Clayton Bigsby Aug 10, 2015
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    I'd love to see your sources for that information. I looked at his Facebook profile myself and there are zero pictures of him with a gun, holstered or otherwise. Every account that I've read said there was 1 firearm found on the property. Do share.

  • Ken Butler Aug 10, 2015
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    Or actually, he probably considered himself to be the good guy with a gun, right up to the point where he wasn't.

  • Clayton Bigsby Aug 10, 2015
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    So everyone who owns a firearm is a conservative? Funny, I know plenty of liberals who exercise their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Also, as far as we know, this family owned one gun. But I guess that makes him a "gun fanatic" according to the liberal agenda. Feel free to take your laughable and baseless rhetoric to a CNN article where you'll get plenty of pats on the back.

  • Candace Williams Aug 10, 2015
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    This is Not the place to be bashing people's religion. This is about the tragic loss of young life at the hands of a sick individual.

  • Ashley Headrick Aug 10, 2015
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    My heart breaks for the deep sadness of the mother involved. Failed family, failed husband, and now her own babies torn from her arms but always in her heart. I hope she knows this is not her fault, I hope she forgives herself for the way things played out even though the result was in no way her fault even though it became her reality, and I hope she knows the Lord is holding her babies now and forever and someday she will hold them again too. I hope she turns too the Lord in prayer and stays close to God in this life. I hope she realizes the closer to God she draws in prayer and searching the closer she draws to her boys.