Lawmen are looking for a killer after a man was found dead in a pool of his own blood, gunned down Tuesday morning in his Pocahontas community home just over the county line in Coffee County.
Meanwhile the victim’s fiancé was found covered in blood, screaming hysterically, and crying for help as she ran away from the scene of the grisly slaying. She remains under treatment with undisclosed injuries.
The identities of the victims had not been released by press time Tuesday, although it was revealed one of the victims has three children, all of whom were at school at the time of the murder.
According to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves, the crime happened on Maples Springs Road about two miles from the Warren-Coffee County line. The sheriff said there were no firm suspects as of Tuesday afternoon and he is requesting help from the public.
“Anyone who may have seen anything unusual in the Maple Springs area of Pocahontas between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, we need them give us a call,” Sheriff Graves said. “We responded to the call shortly after 8 a.m. so we believe the crime actually happened sometime around that hour.”
The homicide happened at 7951 Maple Springs Road. Officers went there after the woman was found crying in the street. Inside they found the man lying in a pool of blood. He was pronounced dead at the scene, his cause of death believed to be multiple gunshot wounds.
An all-points bulletin was issued for a gray, Nissan Xterra which belonged to the fatally wounded victim. Lawmen believe the vehicle was taken from the residence around the time of the shooting. The Nissan was found just before noon parked at Professional Manor, which is located next to United Regional Medical Center in Manchester.
While suspects have not been revealed, Sheriff Graves has publicly downplayed the possibility it was a random act of violence or a home invasion by a stranger. He has also downplayed the incident as being part of a domestic situation, describing the focus of the investigation as a homicide and an assault.
Lawmen have not revealed what, if anything, the survivor saw. They are also not revealing the possible motive.