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Police link fatal Waffle House shooting, Rock Quarry Road homicide

Posted January 11, 2018 2:16 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2018 10:59 a.m. EST

— Police on Thursday linked a murder-suicide and a homicide that occurred almost a week apart last month in Raleigh.

Police said shell casings found at 2410 Rock Quarry Road, where 68-year-old Carolyn Jeffries was found shot to death on Dec. 21, match those from a Dec. 15 shooting outside a Waffle House restaurant off Capital Boulevard, a couple of blocks north of Interstate 440.

John Derrick Wright, 51, of Raleigh, was killed in the Waffle House shooting, and Emma Griffith, 51, was shot in the face but survived.

Police identified Griffith's husband, Jason Maurice Griffith, 51, of Raleigh, as the gunman. He killed himself that same day in Carolina Biblical Gardens cemetery, off Creech Road south of Raleigh, police said.

Emma Griffith was raised in the Rock Quarry Road home by her uncle, who died last year. Jefferies was married to the uncle, Willie "Bud" McCullers Jr.

Neighbors said Wright was living at the Rock Quarry Road house for several months after McCullers died and that they had seen Emma Griffith at the home in recent months. Wright moved out last fall, and Jeffries and her daughter moved in, neighbors said.

Robert Sanders and his wife, Vickie, were Jeffries' neighbors.

"We normally don't see a lot of this in our neighborhood," he said. "Everyone knows each other on this street at least by face, and we hadn't see any activity there."

Police say Griffith may have gone to Jeffries' home on Dec. 15 looking for his wife, although Jefferies' family has said they spoke with her the weekend before she was found dead.

Police said they are still investigating both cases and are consulting with the Wake County District Attorney's Office on them.