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Dozens of guns seized from Apex home where mother, daughter killed

Posted January 20

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— Wake County deputies seized 46 firearms from an Apex home where a mother and daughter were shot to death, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

Deputies found the bodies of Melissa Mitchell McLain, 44, and Ashley Nicole Fite, 17, while checking on their home, at 7628 Humie Olive Road, on Jan. 9.

An affidavit used to obtain the search warrant states that a man called 911 to report that "Liam Miller" had told a mutual friend that he had just shot his girlfriend.

Lemuel Gabriel Miller, 47, who also lived at the Humie Olive Road house, was later found dead in the 1400 block of Cooper Store Road in Harnett County of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to authorities.

The search warrant lists an arsenal of handguns, shotguns and rifles taken from the home, as well as a shell casing from 9-millimeter Luger handgun. Deputies also took two cellphones, Melissa McLain's purse and a DVR system from the home, the warrant states.


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  • Steve Clark Jan 26, 2016
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    I'm with you Mark... Dale isn't making any sense. But given the inventory Dale had, I kinda wish he'd just driven them to my house :-)

  • Mark Cline Jan 20, 2016
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    The ACLU? You're kidding, right? Nothing you wrote in that post made any sense, whatsoever.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 20, 2016
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    My question is if this mother was stuck in the relationship and afraid to break it off? With that kind of firepower, it may have caused a lot of concern for her (and her having a daughter to protect as well). If he had shown any warning signs of mental instability in the past , she could have been scared of this very thing. No mention of any DV calls in the article, so maybe not. He could have just 'snapped'. Such a waste.

  • Dale Xavier Jan 20, 2016
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    When my father died, I inherited his gun collection, about 24 firearms in all, 1860's Colt pistols, Parker shotguns, a 500 Magnum Smith & Wesson, even an old Mauser " broomhandle" from WWI. As beautiful and finely crafted as the weapons were, they were designed for one purpose, killing, either an animal or another person. I drove them directly from my father's home to the ACLU where I donated them to be auctioned off benefiting the organization. There is no way that I could ever condone a owning a firearm, not in my house, not in my life.

  • Mark Cline Jan 20, 2016
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    No, it does not! One could possess, and/or, have access to a million guns and it would do no good if one is not willing to use one to defend themselves.

    There is, also, the need for the opportunity to use the gun. Even in the opportunity, there may not be the possibility.

    Niether, the number of guns this person possessed, or, the amount of ammunition in the arsenal, are relevant. Only one gun was used, apparently, and an unknown amount of ammunition.

    The cartridge case was a 9mm Luger. The handgun is not identified in this article, or in that description.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 20, 2016
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    Kinda blows the "we need more guns to be safer" idea. There were 45 guns left between 2 people and they did zero good.

  • Tripp Weiland Jan 20, 2016
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    Too bad the good guy with the gun was also the bad guy with a gun. If he had reversed the order he shot people this would have been a better result.

  • Arthur Raleigh Jan 20, 2016
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    Wow! Only 46?

  • Jon Brabender Jan 20, 2016
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    Typical uninformed WRAL reporting.
    The casing is from "9mm Luger"...technically "9×19 mm Parabellum" describes the details of the cartridge.

    That cartridge can be fired from any of about 1000 firearm models designed for it...mostly pistols, but not all.

  • Steve Faulkner Jan 20, 2016
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    Luger is a manufacturer also.