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.