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Woman killed in Columbus County hospital shooting

Posted August 19, 2011

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— A 51-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head as she left a hospital in Columbus County Friday morning.

The Fayetteville Observer and other media outlets reported that the shooting happened around 7 a.m. outside Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville.

The victim, Joan Everett, of Chadbourn, was leaving the hospital after a visit with her mother when she was shot at close range with a handgun, the paper said.

WECT-TV in Wilmington reported that the shooter was Everett's estranged husband, Elijah Jones, and that he drove himself to the Columbus County Sheriff's Office shortly after the shooting and surrendered.

The TV station also reported that Everett's boyfriend, Bobby Ray Shipman, was shot in the leg.

Police told WECT-TV that Jones had recently started threatening his wife.

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  • mindmyownbusiness Aug 19, 2011

    to nanstix;
    i have asked that question a thousand times-what is the world coming to-well it is coming to it's end i believe, and as far as what is wrong with people goes they haven't lost their minds-it is just that the devil has taken it over and they are not open eyes enough to realize it. not to sound like a doomsday sayer but that is just my opinion. whatever the reason is though you asked a valid set of questions.

  • eoglane Aug 19, 2011

    to many guns, going back to the cowboy days

  • wildcat Aug 19, 2011

    there's just way too much domestic abuse/killing lately.

    AMEN TO THAT. EITHER THAT, OR IT SEEMS THEY ARE TRYING TO FIND THEIR WAY TO PRISON FOR LIFE. THAT IS WHAT MOST MURDERERS RECEIVE. MOST IS NOT THINKING UNTIL THE DEED IS DONE. THEN THEY WISH IT HAD NOT HAPPEN. IN REAL LIFE, ONCE A LIFE IS TAKEN, YOU CANNOT BRING IT BACK.

  • nanasix Aug 19, 2011

    WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. HAS EVERYONE LOST THEIR MIND?

  • sammysmom Aug 19, 2011

    there's just way too much domestic abuse/killing lately.

  • wildcat Aug 19, 2011

    many times people that kill someone is not really thinking. Prison will be waiting for them. Learn to walk away.

  • SueInNC Aug 19, 2011

    Sounds like a complete coward. You shoot her in the head because she left your sorry self? Wow.

  • 007KnightRider Aug 19, 2011

    So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family. Why, why, why? What is the world coming too.... I never understood why people get mad when they seperate. If it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be. Don't get mad move on there are plenty of fish in the sea. Now this poor lady is dead and he is in jail for life.

  • 2323 Aug 19, 2011

    Why can't people just move on with their lives. Clearly she made the right decision to leave someone with that kind of rage. Too bad her good decision cost her life.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Aug 19, 2011

    Hell hath no fury like a man scorned.

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