Two men and two women were killed in a murder-suicide at a North Carolina homeless encampment Sunday morning, officials said.
Residents in an Autryville homeless encampment heard a verbal altercation before the suspect, Dwane Paul Miller, 40, shot the three victims multiple times and then turned the gun on himself, according to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
Police were called to the scene just before 9:30 a.m. All four people involved had been residing in two tents in the homeless encampment for several weeks, the sheriff’s office said.
Miller and one of the victims, Carrie Nicole Trampel, 41, had ongoing domestic violence issues stemming from another state, according to a preliminary investigation.
The other victims, Daniel Jay Wiltshire, 44, and Amber Rae King, 43, were both from Autryville. Miller was from Marysville, Washington. Whether either of them had relationships with Miller and Trampel was unclear.
The investigation continues, but police said there is no apparent danger to the public.
Autryville, which has a population of less than 200, is around 55 miles from North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat live at 988lifeline.org. You can also visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional support.
Natalie Kainz is a news associate for NBC News.