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911 caller: Wife shot husband in home near Apex

Posted January 18, 2011

— A distraught woman told emergency dispatchers Sunday that a Wake County woman had just shot her husband, according to a 911 call released Tuesday.

Donna Evans, 53, died in the shooting, which occurred at 4224 Brook Cross Drive, near Apex. Her husband, John Evans, 67, was shot in the stomach. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday at WakeMed Hospital.

The 911 caller, whose name was not released, said she was in the shower upstairs at the home Sunday evening when she heard John Evans screaming for help.

"He said she shot him," the caller said.

The caller told dispatchers that the gun was on the floor next to Donna Evans, who was lying on her stomach in the bedroom with blood on her back.

John Evans could be heard yelling for help in the background of the call.

Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said the shooting was "not a random act," but would not confirm other details.


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  • pm2 Jan 25, 2011

    Any word on how John is doing?

  • Dadof4girls Jan 24, 2011

    The 911 tape depicts a very calm woman once they ask for specifics ... scary to me

  • sweetpea102 Jan 21, 2011

    Anxiety is the enemy of a peaceful life.People go to great lengths to get rid of stress: travel ads promise that vacations will sweep you away from it; gyms offer to help you "sweat it out"; and popular magazines suggest ways to lessen it by adjusting schedules or habits. The problem is that no one can adequately shift circumstances to achieve total freedom from heartache, burdens, or trouble. However, we can have unshakeable peace during anxious times. Jesus said to seek peace in Him because He has overcome this troublesome world(John 16:33)

  • pm2 Jan 21, 2011

    I read they up graded John from critical to serious... I hope and pray he is doing better and will survive this tragedy. Great chef, nice guy. I am just a past patron wishing him well and keeping him and his family in my prayers.. If anyone has an up date on his condition, please post.

  • bubbabearstorts Jan 20, 2011

    This is just a very sad and unfortunate story.... all we can do is pray for the families involved in the tragedy..

  • tadurham2 Jan 19, 2011

    Very well stated.

  • rbeam9 Jan 19, 2011

    This is my first comment on a website.. But I have to speak on behalf of all of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who knew this couple personally. Donna was a dear friend who we loved and spent time in fellowship and served with..John is our dear brother who we will continue to love and support. No anger or blame do we feel, no matter how or what happened, we are just deeply saddened . We will continue to look to the Lord for comfort in this time. We all read stories every day and just overlook them; but when it happens in your own family- you see things in a much different light. You come to realize that tragedy has a face, a name, and a heart- those who it touches personally. It is no longer a "story" to try to sort out and "figure out" and speculate on, it is real people just like you, who are hurting.

  • I know some stuff Jan 19, 2011

    the broadcast companies intentionally publish stories omitting key details, just to fuel the 'speculative scenarios', which the writers of shows like "CSI Raleigh" will use as the basis of an episode when Emily Procter comes home for a visit!
    Just kidding, and no disrespect to family and friends intended.

  • jkca Jan 19, 2011

    Is this a badly written story or did I forget to take my Adderall this morning? I'll have to come back to this one....

  • bmg379 Jan 19, 2011

    guns don't kill people

    people kill people

    imagine anyone you have ever been in a heated argument with and you both had a loaded gun at the time