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Two women killed in Red Springs domestic shootings

Posted February 14, 2013

— Robeson County's sheriff said Thursday that a domestic dispute led to a shooting that killed two women and sent two men, including the suspected shooter, to a hospital Wednesday night.

Kathy Bullard, 59, was found dead inside a home at 12156 N.C. Highway 211 West in Red Springs and Donna Matteson, 55, was found dead outside the home around 6:30 p.m., Sheriff Ken Sealey said Thursday.

Sealey said Kendra Matteson, 24, called 911, reporting that her estranged husband, Joseph Matteson, 31, was outside the house with a handgun threatening to kill her.

Kendra Matteson had been staying with Kathy Bullard, Sealey said, and used to date Bullard's son, Mark Anthony Bullard.

When authorities arrived, Mark Bullard, 28, had also been shot in the hand, and Joseph Matteson was lying on the roadside with severe head injuries, Sealey said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shootings but say a neighbor attacked Joseph Matteson in an effort to end the rampage.

Red Springs shootings Robeson shootings were domestic, sheriff says

Both Mark Bullard and Joseph Matteson were listed in serious condition Thursday evening at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Charges are pending.

Anthony Williams was working at a barber shop two doors down from Kathy Bullard's home when the attacks started.

"It's just so chaotic out there, and we don't know what's going on," he said. "People are hollering over there, screaming for help."

Williams said he walked outside and saw Kendra Matteson running with a gun that she apparently had grabbed from her husband while the neighbor was beating him.

"I see a lady standing at the edge of the road, and she's hollering, 'Help, help! I believe he shot everybody in the house,'" Williams said. "I said, 'Who?' She said, 'My husband.'"

Williams said Kendra Matteson was bleeding and feared for her children, ages 9 and 1. Neither of the children, however, was hurt.

"He's hollering for her to bring him his gun, and I'm standing right here and saying, 'Don't you bring him that gun,'" Williams said.


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  • westernwake1 Feb 15, 2013

    "westernwake1: Absolutely, categorically incorrect. Plus, you can't remove crime data from one place (the US) and not from the other (Europe) and then make a comparison...what the ***." -StuckHere

    Actually documented and proven in studies. Go look it up. Some people simply do not want to pay attention to informaiton that goes against their paradigm that the only violent crime solution is to take all the guns away from law abiding citizens.

  • bcde Feb 15, 2013

    If his wife was 24 and has a 9 year old by the man, it would mean that he was 21 and she was around 14 when she got pregnant. My question is why did he not get put in jail for child molestation or rape many years ago? The article said she was 24 now and he was 31 and there is a 9 year old and a 1 or 2 year old.

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Feb 15, 2013

    # 2 State on the list of per capita gun killings is South Carolina. So don't try and blame the whole problem on the brown people in the cities.

  • StuckHere Feb 15, 2013

    bombayrunner: "How many crimes are committed from citizens having a concealed weapons permit? ... ans = 0."

    It doesn't matter what number you put there, it's simply made up, but 0? LOL

  • StuckHere Feb 15, 2013

    westernwake1: Absolutely, categorically incorrect. Plus, you can't remove crime data from one place (the US) and not from the other (Europe) and then make a comparison...what the ***.

  • rocket Feb 15, 2013

    "You gun nuts are quite something."

    You don't make a strong case when all you have to offer is insults. It's the people with gun phobias that immediately try to deflect blame with regard these type of stories.

  • westernwake1 Feb 15, 2013

    "The United States has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world — by far. And it has the highest rate of homicides among advanced countries." - bombayrunner

    If you remove the cities (e.g. Chicago, D.C.) that have strict gun control laws from the crime statistics in the U.S. then the U.S. has a much lower murder and violent crime rate than the collective European Union. These strict gun control U.S. cities represent 5% of the popultion but 50% of the violent crime and murders.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 15, 2013

    Maybe the gun law should be that everyone be permitted to carry a gun and you see someone shooting others for no reason you just shoot them? That will put an end to it.
    The more laws that restrict ones freedom. ..Drugs, guns, jobs, will cause this to happen whether you like the choices people make or not freedom is being allowed to choose.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 15, 2013

    “You gun nuts are quite something.” – atheistswillrule

    Yes, the gun enthusiasts would prefer these ladies would have had a means to protect themselves rather than just dialing 911 and rolling the dice. As this incident and others show, sometimes you get snake-eyes. The anti-gunners might be tired of hearing “when seconds count the police are minutes away” but all too often we see the tragic results of this true saying.

  • gman007 Feb 15, 2013

    Welfare, may I suggest Chicago. They have strict gun control there. You'll be much safer.