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Officials Search for Family Member in Mother-Daughter Shooting

Posted April 10, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Sheriff's deputies are searching Nash, Wilson and Johnston counties looking for a man they believe injured his sister and killed his mother outside of her Johnston County home Tuesday night. Authorities say suspect Charles Renfrow is extremely dangerous.

TheJohnston County Sheriff's Departmenthas issued a murder warrant for 61-year-old Renfrow, the son and brother of the victims.

The women, Eula Renfrow and Gail Shropshire, were shot as they were getting out of a car at Renfrow's home Tuesday night at the corner of Highway 39 and Barnes Lake Road.

"From what we understand, he was sitting in the carport waiting for them to come home from church and apparently stood up and confronted them at that time and shot both of them," says Johnston County Capt. John Richardson.

Renfrow was taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital where she later died. Shropshire was first taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, and later transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where she is in fair condition.

Deputies say there is some bad blood between Renfrow and his family. Last week, Renfrow was arrested after an argument with his wife. Investigators believe that incident may be tied somehow to this shooting.

Renfrow has been in trouble with the law before. In April 2000, he was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats and carrying a concealed weapon. In March 1998, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies say Renfrow suffers from some sort of mental disability and they do consider him armed and dangerous.

"There are so many possibilities of where he could be," Richardson says. "We're hoping that he's here in this county. It would make it easier for us. But he has ties in other places, and we also have information out to those locations to be on the lookout for him."

Renfrow was last seen driving a green 2000 Ford Ranger pick-up with an extended cab. The North Carolina license plate reads MYY-1772. Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call local authorities.

Shropshire's son is a deputy in the Johnston County Sheriff's Department and learned of the crime when he appeared on the scene Tuesday night. andJulie Moos