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911 call: Houseguests heard 10 shots at Morrisville home

Posted May 6, 2014

— A couple visiting friends in Morrisville heard up to 10 shots ring out Monday after their hosts retreated to the master bedroom, according to 911 calls released Tuesday.

"I know they're having problems," a man told emergency dispatcher.

That man and his wife were visiting Melissa and Johnathan Preston at 2016 Weaver Forest Way when they heard the shots. The couple quickly went outside and called 911.

“I’m not going up there,” the caller said. He described the Prestons as "close friends."

Police found the Prestons dead in their bedroom, and they said neighbors had no reason to fear that a gunman might be on the loose.

By Tuesday afternoon, the Town of Morrisville had declared the deaths a murder-suicide, but there was no word on which member of the couple did the shooting. 

The Prestons' three children were at school at the time and were put in the care of family members, police said.

The family moved to the Triangle from Seattle last year and were renting the home in the Providence Place neighborhood where the shooting occurred, according to neighbors. 

Investigators removed several firearms from the home, and neighbors said Johnathan Preston liked to take his children out to shooting ranges.

Johnathan Preston was an executive with Microsoft, and his wife designed and sold jewelry. The family planned to return to the Pacific Northwest in June.


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  • Lightfoot3 May 7, 2014

    " I have had both friends and family members that have successfully defended them selves and loved ones with out ever firing a shot" - 68_dodge_polara

    I personally know of such cases too. But the anti-gunners don't like to hear them because they know it proves their "numbers" and "statistics" wrong.

    "No, you don't" - Super Hans

    What? You just said it was a "shooting gallery" out there. So which is it? If the chances are remote that I'll need a gun, then they are also remote that you'll encounter one. So no need for bans. But if shootings are rampant, like a shooting gallery, then I need a gun for protection. So pick one! You can't have it both ways.

  • Obamacare returns again May 6, 2014

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    Super Hans, this assessment is spot on. Well done sir.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 6, 2014

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    No kidding, It's crazy, isn't it?


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    Exactly what keeps you awake at night ???

    And you call (us) "Paranoid"

    1.Psychiatry. a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission.
    2.baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others.
    v1. a form of schizophrenia characterized by a slowly progressive deterioration of the personality, involving delusions and often hallucinations
    2. a mental disorder characterized by any of several types of delusions, in which the personality otherwise remains relatively intact
    3. informal intense fear or suspicion, esp when unfounded

  • allenmga May 6, 2014

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    Here goes SuperHans again...citing the all-so-dangerous DoomsDay preppers that are making headlines in robberies and gang-related murders every day.

    Just because you don't like guns doesn't mean we should punish legal gun owners. Start targeting all of these criminals, drug dealers, and gang bangers and you'll get your reduction in gun-related crimes.

  • Super Hans May 6, 2014

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    It's crazy, isn't it? They're completely paranoid and delusional, think everyone including their government is out to get them, seem to get angry when anything related to people of color or people from Mexico is mentioned, and apparently they're just jumping at the bit to "exercise their 2nd amendment rights" against all this.

    And yet, they just can't understand why someone would be a little leery of their arsenals!

  • 68_dodge_polara May 6, 2014

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    Living in Durham I have had both friends and family members that have successfully defended them selves and loved ones with out ever firing a shot (and so it also doesn't make the news). The latter that you speak of hasn't occurred as we are responsible and lawful.

  • Super Hans May 6, 2014

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    No, you don't. Again, there is a far, far greater likelihood that your ego booster will be used against a family member, or stolen and used in a crime, than there is it will ever be used for "self-defense". Once firearms are outlawed you WILL be the criminal, so you should have no problems giving them up.

  • disgusted2010 May 6, 2014

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    The truth that you agenda is to outlaw guns and if you can't do it wholesale, then to chip away at gun ownership one step at a time. Straight from Bloomberg and Brady's playbook.

    And to answer your question, NO I would not favor your suggestions. Your suggestions are straight out of Orwell's 1984.

  • Obamacare returns again May 6, 2014

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    Which is exactly what keeps me awake at night. These covert types are also firearms advocates/owners. I'm always looking over my shoulder around here.