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Woman called 911, said husband shot daughters, boyfriend at Dunn-area home

Posted November 14, 2018 10:14 a.m. EST
Updated November 14, 2018 7:00 p.m. EST

— A Johnston County man "went crazy" before shooting four people in a Dunn-area home on Monday night, his wife told a 911 dispatcher.

Armando Martinez, 40, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted first-degree murder and felony larceny of a motor vehicle. He was appointed an attorney in a brief court hearing Wednesday morning and was ordered held without bond in the Johnston County jail.

"My husband, he went crazy and got a gun," a woman named Tina, who identified herself as Martinez's wife, told a dispatcher in a 911 call. "He shot my two daughters, my two daughters and her boyfriend. Please hurry, please."

Pamela Jean Ramon, Ledis Alberto Lopez and Jessica Rubioa Agular were killed in the shooting at 4640 Woods Crossroads Road. Jose Rubio Arguilar, who the 911 caller said was her son-in-law, was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he remains in serious condition.

Martinez was either family with or close friends with all the victims, who were sharing a home, authorities said.

"I don’t know if my daughter is living or not hurry," the woman told the dispatcher. "My other daughter is laying here on the sidewalk. She is trying to get her breath."

The woman said a .22-caliber handgun and a rifle were used in the shooting. She asked someone to check another room to see if Martinez took the guns with him, and the person said the rifle and some ammunition were left on a bed in the home.

Martinez fled after the shooting, the woman said, in her Chevrolet S10 pickup. Authorities later arrested him when he crashed the truck in Harnett County.

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Source: Media reports, compiled by WRAL

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