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Sheriff: Dudley man shoots stepfather before turning gun on himself

Posted February 6, 2015

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— A 24-year-old Wayne County man shot himself in the head late Thursday after shooting his stepfather in the back at a home in Dudley, according to the sheriff's office. 

Deputies were called to 307 Camp Trailee Road, in the southern part of Wayne County, at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday in reference to a shooting. When they arrived, deputies heard screaming coming from inside the house followed by a single gunshot. 

Once inside, investigators found Daniel Webster Croom dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Croom's stepfather, 45-year-old Carl Earnest Darby, was found in a bedroom of the home with a gunshot wound to the back. 

Darby was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition Friday morning. Three other people inside the home at the shooting, including Croom's mother, were not injured.

Investigators said Croom shot Darby and then himself after the two got into an argument Thursday evening. Croom was a suspect in a shooting that happened earlier Thursday in Mount Olive, authorities said.

No other information about either incident has been released.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 6, 2015

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    That, that right there might be the quote of the day!

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Feb 6, 2015

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    You're so original. Kudos to you

  • NotLiberal Feb 6, 2015

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    Please provide proof of you hate filled, condescending, statement.

  • VickLo Feb 6, 2015

    Good times gone bad...

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 6, 2015

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    You can always go back up north. Heck I'd fill your tank.

  • Lightfoot On Wral Feb 6, 2015
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    "You assume he was running. I assume he was standing still." - iopsyc


    Exactly! Well, kind of. I didn't assume he was running, just countering your declaration that he would have been shot in the back, even if armed, by showing that someone could be shot in the back while unarmed. But what we do know for sure is that he was unable or unwilling to defend himself, as 68_dodge_polara pointed out. And we know that when seconds count, the cops are minutes away.


    "There is obviously a high correlation between gun ownership and low I.Q. scores." - proudmuslimexchristian


    How low? And can you cite your source?

  • Ginny Marcom Feb 6, 2015
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    Proudmuslimexchristian-- and you are more than welcome to leave it! The north and their gun toting individuals will welcome you with open arms.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 6, 2015

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    No just that he was unable or unwilling to defend himself. Sad.

  • iopsyc Feb 6, 2015

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    You assume he was running.
    I assume he was standing still.

    Guess we won't know who is right until there's more information revealed.

  • dickbergens77 Feb 6, 2015

    Terrible! I hope they get better soon!

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