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Family Of Alleged Martin County Shooting Suspect Speaks Out


Tora Ann Bowen says she hasn't seen her son since Monday afternoon at his house. It was only several hours later that her son allegedly shot three people, killing two.

"We are afraid he might harm anyone else, we don't want him harmed either. Hopefully, he will turn himself in and receive the help he needs," said John Sartin, brother of the suspect.

The help he needs, the family says, involves taking medicine for delusions. Family members say Sartin does have a criminal past and has spent time in both prisons and psychiatric hospitals like K.C.P.C, but just several months ago family members say a plea for help went unnoticed in Martin County court.

"He told me he asked them to return him to K.C.P.C. and for some odd reason they refused him. He acknowledged to me that he is sick and he needs help," John said.

But police say it is still unclear why the incidents on Wickerfield Road occurred Monday night.

"Why he went there last night and done what he done, I don't understand," said Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece.


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