Tuesday evening, investigators with the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office revealed more details about three people found dead over the weekend.
Deputies responded to a home on North Oak Ridge Church Rd. Sunday afternoon after dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call.
They found 79-year-old Peggy Huff Day and her husband, 82-year-old Charles “Tom” Allen Day, inside the home with gunshot wounds. Peggy was dead and Charles was suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Deputies then began searching for a dark grey Kia Sorento thought to be occupied by 64-year-old George Coleman and possibly his wife, 52-year-old Mary Regina Day, the daughter of Charles and Peggy Day.
They located it in the parking lot of North Oak Ridge Church. Deputies found Coleman and Day inside the vehicle dead from gunshot wounds.
At this time, the investigation has revealed the following events: George Coleman shot and killed Peggy Day and seriously wounded her husband, Charles Day, in their home.
Coleman then forced his wife, Mary Regina Day, into the Kia Sorento and left the residence. He then pulled into the church parking lot where he shot and killed Mary Regina Day and then killed himself.
The Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation into possible motives for the shooting spree.
As of Tuesday evening, Mr. Day is still in the hospital.
Authorities said three people were found dead Sunday between two different crime scenes.
Emergency crews, including police, fire and emergency medical services, surrounded a home Sunday afternoon on North Oak Ridge Church Road in Boonville, according to a WXII 12 News crew at the scene.
On the same street, two ambulances and six police cars responded to a second location at North Oak Ridge Baptist Church, our crews said.
Yadkin County Sheriff Ricky Oliver said deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call around 2:30 p.m.
Inside the home, deputies found one person dead and another person seriously injured.
Deputies were then able to determine a suspect and locate their vehicle. The suspect’s car was found in the church parking lot. Two people found inside the vehicle were dead.
The victims, who were related to each other, haven’t yet been identified.
A family member spoke with WXII 12 News, though, and said they were well-known among neighbors.
“They were wonderful people,” said relative Monica Swaim. “They would go out of their way to do anything for you. Everyone in the neighborhood and the community liked them.”
Swaim said she was shocked when she heard of her family’s sudden deaths, and that she didn’t think it was true. The pastor at North Oak Ridge Baptist Church had a similar response when his parking lot became part of a crime scene.
“This is a quiet community where pretty much nothing ever happens and that’s why a lot of people like living here,” pastor Phillip Link said. “Everybody knows each other. I’m just really shocked.”
Link’s church services have been drive-in since the start of the pandemic. The pastor said he still plans to deliver his sermon this coming Sunday in the same parking lot as usual, hoping his message can bring some peace to the community.