By MELINDA WILLIAMS
WOODLAWN – Carroll County authorities are investigating two fatal shootings in the Woodlawn area Sunday, which they believe to be related.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a report just before 1 p.m. Sunday that a woman had been shot and left on the side of Joy Ranch Road. Three hours later, the department received a report of a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gardner said evidence collected at the second scene “appear to tie the two scenes together.”
The sheriff said Deputy Jarret Combs found a female lying in the snow on the side of Joy Ranch Road after responding to the first shooting call. A witness told Combs that a male in a maroon SUV shot the woman, got back in the vehicle and drove away.
As officers were investigating the shooting and looking for the suspect vehicle, said Gardner, a second call was received at 3:52 p.m. reporting the possible self-inflicted gunshot wound on Iris Road, which is off Joy Ranch Road.
Upon arriving at the scene of the second shooting, Deputy Joe Utt found the body of a deceased male inside a barn and a maroon SUV matching the suspect vehicle in the first incident.
In addition to a handgun, Gardner said “deputies also recovered other items of evidence inside the SUV that appear to tie the two scenes together.” The gun has been sent to the forensics lab in Roanoke for examination and both bodies are at the Roanoke medical examiner’s office for autopsies.