Winona police investigate early morning murder-suicide

WINONA, Miss. (WCBI)- An early morning shooting in Winona has left two people dead and another in a Jackson hospital.

Just before 2 o’clock, Friday morning shots rang out in front of a house on Montgomery St. in Winona.

Chief Investigator Dan Herod said what began as a domestic dispute escalated to a murder-suicide leaving two people dead and another seriously injured.

“The original call came out as a domestic dispute, and just before officers arrived on scene, they received a second call from dispatch stating that somebody may be threatening someone with a firearm. The officers were just down the road from the scene and actually heard gunshots,” said Herod.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a female victim lying in the front yard, suffering from two gunshot wounds.

She was still conscious and was flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for treatment.

“She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I think if she had been inside of the residence or anything like that I think it would’ve just been the first female victim and Charles McCrary,” said Herod.

Charles McCrary, 31, was found outside of an SUV with a gunshot wound to the head.

Inside that SUV was a second female victim.

“Another female that was sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV that was parked in the driveway and she had been shot four to five times through the passenger side window,” said Herod.

Herod said it appears McCrary and the deceased woman were in a relationship.

Before she was taken to UMMC, the second victim told investigators an argument led to the shooting.

“You know you see stuff with domestic violence happening all over the country now, and this is really the first big incident we had pertaining to that around here, so it’s normally pretty quiet,” said Herod.

Chief Tommy Bibbs said this crime has other victims as well.

“There were children here, and that’s really the thing that we want to concentrate on all the kids,” said Bibbs.

Chief Tommy Bibbs said the shooting is still under investigation. Both bodies have been taken to the crime lab

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