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One dead, two hurt in shooting

Two people were hurt and another is dead after a shooting in Casey County.

It happened at Down Home grocery store in Kings Mountain near the Casey-Lincoln County line.

Family members say it's the result of a relationship with a long history of problems.

Authorities say the events leading up to the shooting began at the store around 9 Christmas morning..

59 year-old Marshall Ray Brown allegedly showed up the first time and tried to shoot his ex-girlfriend and store owner, Wilma Rice. However authorities say the gun didn't fire, and he left.

Rice and her family went to police, who began searching for Brown but didn't find him.

Then just before 2 in the afternoon, the family was loading up the car with food for their holiday dinner, when they say Brown returned.

"He was standing in these bunch of trees.. all at once was a gunshot," Rice's father, Hurshel Padgett said, "My daughter fell to the ground and I happened to see blood coming from her neck, it frightened me nearly to death."

Rice's neice, 24 year-old Catherine Ping, was also shot.

Authorities say Brown then took off on foot, and shot and killed himself just down the road.

Family members say he and Rice had recently broken up, and there had been problems.

"She had tried to get an EPO on him before but they wouldn't let her because he hadn't been violent," said Rice's sister, Connie Gonzalez.

"I just thank the lord that they're all right, but I am sorry this man killed himself," Padgett said.

Family members tell us Rice has injuries to her ear and neck, and Ping was injured on her face, arm, and chest.

They were treated and released from the hospital.


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