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911 calls released from Fayetteville double murder-suicide

October 1, 2013 2:18:51 PM PDT
Fayetteville police have released calls from neighbors who heard gunshots during a double murder suicide Sunday night in their neighborhood, and then found a couple hit by gunfire.

Terrified residents described the shootings to 911 dispatchers.

Those first frantic 911 calls echoed the panic.

Caller: "I don't know if this is a home invasion, but my neighbors, they look like they are dead. We're here. There is a body in the house. We are with a body outside".

Police say 48-year-old Todd Awaldt and his 68-year-old wife Ann were shot to death at their home in the 6700 block of Potter Court Sunday night. They say it doesn't appear they knew the suspected gunman, 29-year-old Allen Thomas.

Neighbors reported they saw Thomas ran through the garage from the Awaldt's home.

Caller: "He [Thomas] said 'I ain't after you.' He was probably going across the street between two houses."

Police say Thomas shot and killed himself a few blocks away.

Authorities say Thomas was a former Fort Bragg solider and lived around the corner from his victims, but as far as they know Thomas did not know the Awaldts'.

Fayetteville police believe this was a completely random act of violence although both families are connected to Fort Bragg.

Thomas was a retired soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division who had been on multiple deployments, and Ann Awaldt was a manager at the Post Exchange on Fort Bragg.

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