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Man Shoots Sports Car, Self In Cary Parking Lot

Posted June 12, 2002

— Police in Cary have released the contents of a suicide note written by a man who police say fired shots into a random car before turning a gun on himself Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Stephen Gregory, 45, of Holly Springs wrote that he had severe pain in his neck and back, and that taking his own life was the only way to end it. They said the note also stated that Gregory had no intention of harming anyone else.

At 3:34 p.m., Cary 911 received a report of a man carrying and discharging firearms in a parking lot at 400 Keisler Drive, located off Tryon Road in the southeast part of town.

Police said Gregory was a patient of the Carolina Back Institute, which is located in the medical complex.

Gregory was armed with a handgun and an assault rifle that was used to fire more than a dozen rounds at a 1991 Dodge Stealth, according to police. The car reportedly belonged to Dr. Scott Sanitate, a physician at CBI.

Police said Sanitate was not treating Gregory, and they believe neither the car nor the doctor was specifically targeted.

Police said Gregory then used the handgun to fatally shoot himself in the head.

Gregory, who was still alive when he was transported to WakeMed's trauma center, died several hours later.

The town of Cary issued a statement Tuesday evening on behalf of CBI.

"The people here really express their deep and sincere sadness for the loss of life and for what a terrible tragedy this is for everyone," spokeswoman Susan Moran said.

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