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."