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Sheriff: Man wanted for fatally shooting girlfriend

Posted April 20, 2009
Updated April 21, 2009

— Franklin County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man accused of fatally shooting his 19-year-old girlfriend early Sunday.

Sheriff Pat Green said David Bishop, 24, pulled out a gun and began firing inside his home at 609 Fox Ridge Road in Fox Ridge Farms subdivision, south of Louisburg. Bishop then aimed at girlfriend Gabrielle Reece, of Abercrombie Road in Wake Forest, and fired, the sheriff said.

Green said a fight between the couple may have triggered the shooting. He said witnesses told him that Bishop pulled out a gun, pointed it at Reece, and then asked, "Are you scared?" She replied, "No." Bishop then pulled the trigger, Green said.

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Jennifer Franco said she and Reece were like sisters growing up.

"We told each other everything. We were always hanging out,” Franco said.

Franco said she tried to warn Reece about Bishop.

"I was like, 'Gabbi, what are you doing? Do you really like this guy?' And she was like, 'Yeah, he is cool,'” Franco said. "I was like, 'You need to make better decisions about who you hang out with, because some day you are going to regret it.'"

"He (Bishop) seemed like kind of a violent person (and) that it takes very little to tick him off,” said Steven Preddy, Reece's friend.

Preddy said he met Bishop through Reece at a bar. He said Bishop accused him of flirting with Reece.

"Ten to 15 minutes later, he blew up at me. I could tell he had been drinking,” Preddy said.

Bishop fled the scene of the shooting early Sunday and is still on the run, Green said.

After the shooting, deputies took Christopher Rose, 21, of 1704 S. Main St. in Wake Forest, into custody. He was charged with accessory after the fact to murder. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Rose putting Reece's body in a trash bag in an attempt to dispose of it, Green said.

Bishop was on probation following a March arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested again last month for causing damage to personal property and was released on bond, the sheriff said.


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  • mstan Apr 22, 2009

    mtn121, Thank you for your comments, and I am also sorry for your families loss.. I will be praying for peace for you and your family. I think you post is important to remind those blogging here that you are anonymous, but your opinions can be hurtful, and you really shouldn't say anything that you wouldn't say to someones face. There is someone hurting on the other end. Some people can get pretty ugly when they think no one knows who they are.

  • MamaDummy Apr 21, 2009

    mtn.121, sorry for your loss. There are no words, only time can heal your wounds. I hate that people in our society have been so cruel to your family. It's not their fault. It's his fault..and by the way world, why was someone with his background allowed to be a law enforcement officer?

  • TeresaBee Apr 21, 2009

    A short time ago David Bishop turned himself in. GOOD!!

  • JAT Apr 21, 2009

    mtn- good post. In the end, it was up to her to leave. You could have told her till you were red in the face but ultimately it was her decision.

  • ratherbnnc Apr 21, 2009

    The guy was going to prision so I guess he figured no one would have her. I hope they shoot him. She was such an attractive gal.

    I seriously doubt he was going to prison for a CCW and Damage to Property Charge. His probation was probably unsupervised, so therefore he had no Probation Officer assigned to him. I am pretty sure he is going to prison now! For a long long time!!

  • shell24 Apr 21, 2009

    TO MTN121.......I agree with you and your comments. I am soooo sorry for you and your families loss. I hate that media gets so involved, but I can see why they do..it is a catch 22. I hope they put him away for life!

  • panthers254 Apr 21, 2009

    Please inform yourself concerning the law and the justice system before making comments about things you know nothing about. There are plenty of resources online to learn about the legal system. Get educated.

    People are looking to put blame at the feet of a judge or a probation officer, when in actuality the one to blame is the man who pulled the trigger.


  • Butterfly Apr 21, 2009

    I am so sorry for the loss of this young beautiful girl. It is so sad that at this point people are placing blame on the parents. Young girls are very stubborn and no matter how active their parents are in their life, they don't always listen. Also she was 19 which means she was an adult and at that point there is only so much the family could do. This is just such a horrible sad story. As a parent of a young girl, my heart goes out to the parents and family of this young girl. I hope and pray they find the boy who did this and put him away so he cannot ever take another life.

  • Patriot1 Apr 21, 2009

    The guy was going to prision so I guess he figured no one would have her. I hope they shoot him. She was such an attractive gal.

  • atozca Apr 21, 2009


    I'm so sorry for your loss. I have never lost a child or sibling and am at a loss of words other than, may your family find comfort and peace during this time. My prayers are with you, your family and friends.