79-year-old military vet shoots, kills elderly wife, daughter, police say


SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) – A 79-year-old retired U.S. Army man shot his elderly wife and daughter to death, then called police, authorities said.

Police said Bobby King shot and killed his 84-year-old wife, Dorothy King, and 54-year-old daughter, Cynthia King, Thursday morning. He then called police at approximately 8:45 a.m. to admit what he had done. Police said that King did not say why he did it or what led up to the shooting.

Bobby King is currently in custody.

According to authorities, this was not the first time police had responded to the home at 1011 Diane Circle in Spring Lake in the past few years for domestic-related incidents.

“We have received some additional information from the family about domestic-related calls, situations at the home, the father making accusations that property was taken away from him,” said Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie.

Police said the Dorothy and Cynthia King both suffered from “various health-related challenges.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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