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3 dead, 1 injured in Cumberland County murder-suicide

Posted August 5, 2014 8:27 p.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2014 12:39 p.m. EDT

— Three people died and one person was injured Tuesday night in a murder-suicide near Fort Bragg, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

The shootings happened at about 6:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Winthrop Drive, authorities said.

The injured person, a 15-year-old girl, was in surgery Tuesday night, authorities said.

Mackenzie Cantwell, who lives near where the shootings occurred, was awakened by the gunshots and walked outside to find the victims shot.

She said the shooter, who has not been identified, killed himself.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “They were just dead. I had to tell someone, I guess. I never seen someone dead before.”

Investigators did not release any further information Tuesday night.

The incident is the second in Cumberland County within a week where multiple people were killed during a domestic incident.

Three people were killed and four deputies were injured on July 30 after Andrew "Jay" Michaelis allegedly fired more than 60 rounds from an AR-15 rifle into a home in the Crystal Springs Mobile Home Park. His father-in-law and a 10-year-old boy died in the shooting. Michaelis was also killed during the incident