DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) - Two men are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in North Carolina. It happened on Sandpiper Drive in the Colington area of Dare County.
The Dare County Sheriff's Office has identified the two men involved as Ray L. Miller, 42, and Anthony F. Skinner, 46.
Investigators say the two men got into a fight, and that Miller shot and killed Skinner before turning the gun on himself.
A neighbor called 911 at 2:18 p.m. on Saturday after hearing gunshots and a woman screaming.
"They heard the gunshot, and then heard a female voice," Deputy Scott Rodriquez said. "They secured their
family inside their residence and called 911 which is exactly what they are supposed to do."
Nearby neighbors say this has been a scary experience, and many heard the shooting from right inside their homes.
"You just don't expect to get a call while you're at work from your wife saying, 'Oh there's been a shooting four houses down from where we live,'" neighbor Andrew Farrenkopf said. "It's nerve wrecking. It makes you wonder is this a safe neighborhood? Is it going to happen again? Is someone going to run in my house and shoot me or something?"
They say the two men lived in the home with a woman and a female child.
The child was not in the home when the shooting happened, but has been placed in protective custody, investigators told WAVY's Lauren Compton.
Deputies say the woman was at the home when the shooting happened, and she has been questioned. Investigators say they do not believe she was involved.
Neighbors say Miller lived in the year-round rental home where the murder-suicide happened. Deputies say Skinner is from Indiana.
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