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Police: Shooter, Victim Might Have Communicated Online

Posted April 1, 2008 9:22 a.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2008 10:32 a.m. EDT

— A Louisburg woman shot to death at her job Tuesday morning might have known her alleged killer from the Internet, authorities said.

Investigators have seized the computers of Amy Calamaco Alvarez, 22, and Jarold Obrien Lee, 26, in an effort to determine a possible motive for the shooting.

Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter said the shooting was the result of a domestic situation but that he did not think the two were involved in a romantic relationship.

Lee, of Woodson, Ark., entered Phelps Temporary Staffing Service on South Bickett Boulevard around 8:20 a.m. and began firing, Lassiter said, striking Calamaco Alvarez and Heather Miller, 30, of Clayton.

Calamaco Alvarez fell in the parking lot, and authorities pronounced her dead at the scene. Authorities found Lee dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lassiter said.

Miller suffered a gunshot wound to the hip but managed to run toward nearby U.S. Highway 401, where a pedestrian and an employee at a nearby Ace Hardware store rushed to help her.

"This girl comes running up the hill, hollering at this pedestrian walking," Ace Hardware employee Maurice Hook said. "She says, 'I've been shot, I've been shot.'"

Miller was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning.

Within an hour after the shooting, Calamaco Alvarez's close relatives and friends arrived at the scene seeking answers. None said they knew Lee.

"She was just a great person," her aunt, Amy Calamaco, said. "I mean, as far as I know, she had no enemies."

Louisburg, a town of 3,700 people, has not had to cope with this type of violence in decades, said Lassiter, who has been the town's police chief since 1992.

In 2006, the most recent year for which the FBI has statistics, the town had eight violent crimes, none of which was a homicide.

Lee was on probation for a 2006 residential burglary conviction.