Boyfriend kills woman, shoots self at church

October 8, 2009 9:08:24 AM PDT
Fuquay Varina police are investigating a deadly double shooting that happened before 7 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church. Click here for map

A church member told Eyewitness News a woman was dropping off her two children when she got into an argument with her boyfriend. It is not clear if the couple arrived at the church together or if they traveled separately.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 6:13 a.m. When they arrived, they found 30-year-old Jammie Shatel Street dead from a gunshot wound and 31-year-old Daniel Jerome Montgomery with a gunshot wound to the chest.

He is being treated at WakeMed and is expected to survive. Thursday police issued a warrant for Montgomery for first-degree murder. Fuquay-Varina Police officers are watching him until he is in a condition where the warrant can be served.

Street was not a member of the church, but she had a lot of family who attended. Street's kids had attended daycare and summer camp at the church for at least three years.

Street's aunt, Doris Burton, said her niece was a bus driver for Fuquay-Varina High School. Street had been working for the school system since March 2000.

"I can't see why any harm would have been brought to her, why her life was cut down at such an early age," Burton told Eyewitness News.

According to witnesses, Street and Montgomery began arguing outside the church while she was dropping off the children at a before school care program. Montgomery shot Street and then himself.

It is not clear if the children were inside the building when their mother was killed.

Burton told Eyewitness News Montgomery is the father of the couple's youngest child -- a 3-year-old son.

"They were boyfriend, girlfriend," Burton said. "Now what was going on, if they were still dating, I don't know. But what took place this morning, I can't tell you."

Another relative of Street's spoke to Eyewitness News off camera and said Street broke up with Montgomery about two weeks ago and he moved out of the home they shared.

A neighbor told Eyewitness News police were called to the couple's home three months ago.

The Fuquay-Varina Police Department confirmed officers arrested Montgomery on at least two previous occasions for domestic assault and domestic trespass involving Street.

After the couple's breakup a couple of week's ago, Montgomery was spotted sleeping in his car parked outside Street's home.

"She was a daddy's girl," Burton said. "She loved her dad. Fun times for her was hanging out with friends and family, and I think we'll remember her most that way."

Greg Thomas with Wake County schools said they were shocked and saddened by the news of Street's death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and co-workers at this time," he said.

Counselors were at Fuquay-Varina High School Wednesday for students who needed to talk.

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