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Holly Springs Police Investigate Apparent Murder-Suicide Attempt

Posted February 10, 2003

— The conditions of two people shot in an apparent murder/suicide in Holly Springs Saturday are improving.

According to Holly Springs police, Sam King, 44, shot his 82-year-old mother several times in the face, neck and wrist inside their home. Investigators said King then turned the gun on himself.

Olivia King, 82, was treated and released from WakeMed. As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sam King, 44 is listed in good condition.

Sam King's father, known around town as Deacon King, was in the house during the shooting, but he was not injured.

"It's a lifelong family here in town," Holly Springs police chief Cecil Parker said of the incident. "I know them, know them well. We've had some issues with the son in the past, but, obviously, nothing of this magnitude."

Parker said Sam King has had a history of mental problems.

Investigators cordoned off the King's property for almost five hours as they collected evidence inside the home Saturday.

Police do not have a motive and have not filed charges.

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