One dead in attempted triple murder-suicide

WHITAKERS, N.C. It all happened Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. in the town of Whitakers.

One of the victims, Sheldon Whittaker, spoke with Eyewitness News.

"I didn't seem him with the weapon," Whittaker said of the shooting suspect, James Radford, 63. "I heard the shot."

Whittaker says Radford's wife, Terri, was staying with a friend just down the road. He says the two had separated, and she had taken out a restraining order against him. This morning, he says Radford approached him, and after being told he was trespassing, went back to his car, grabbed a shotgun, and fired one shot into Whitaker's car.

"If you look at the trajectory of the bullet, he was aiming at my head," Whittaker said.

Police say Radford then proceeded to the home of Martha Worrells, where he found his estranged wife. He allegedly shot at both women, hitting Worrell in the arm, and hitting his wife Terri in the stomach.

That's when investigators say he turned the gun on himself.

His wife died, he did not. Instead, Radford was flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Family and friends are beside themselves.

"Nobody should have to go through this," said Brenda Hamm. "There's no sense in this violence. Life is too short."

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