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Husband kills wife, then himself, at Scottsburg Convenience Store

June 12, 2010
  • Witnesses say the victim and shooter were husband and wife.
Witnesses say the victim and shooter were husband and wife.

UPDATED: 7 P.M.

Halifax County hasn't seen something like this in more than 18 years. Authorities say a husband shot his wife, and then turned the gun on himself.

The murder-suicide happened Saturday in the early afternoon at the Short Stop convenience store on Rt. 360.

"Somebody died in front of me," said Mike Patel, owner of the Short Stop store. "That's unbearable and unbelievable."

Patel said he was working the cash register when he heard a loud noise coming from the parking lot: "Then I saw the gun in the guy's hand, and I run from the register and go outside." There he found a woman lying on the pavement, and her alleged shooter then turned the gun on himself. "I called 911."

Halifax County deputies arrived on the scene to find the woman and man lying on the ground.

"The female was pronounced dead at the scene," said Maj. Thomas Logan of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office. "The male was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead."

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Logan says the two people were married: Wendy Diane Riley was born in 1986, and Michael David Riley was born in 1981. The couple leaves behind a child, who is now in the care of the maternal grandparents.

"It's a tragedy, and we're sorry that it happened," said Logan. "If you feel that the marriage is not going right, what you probably need to do is seek help...and do something to prevent this from happening."

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

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A store owner says a woman and her husband are dead after a double shooting in Halifax County.

The owner of the Short Stop Convenience Store on James D Hagood Highway in Scottsburg says around 1:30 Saturday afternoon he heard what sounded like a car backfiring. When Mike Patel looked outside, he saw a woman laying in the parking lot and man with a gun pointed to his chest. Patel says he then saw that man shoot himself. Patel says law enforcement officials told him both people died.

While authorities are not commenting on what happened, witnesses say the victim and shooter were husband and wife.

The store has since reopened.

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