ROCK HILL, S.C. - Deputies said a man gunned down his wife and 9-year-old granddaughter.
Two people are dead in a shooting in Rock Hill, York County sheriff’s deputies said.
The shooting occurred on Idlewild Drive and involved three people. The York County coroner said Barbara Gregory, 71, and Mia Rodger, 9, were killed by a gunshot wound.
While deputies have not commented on the relationship between the suspect and the victims, neighbors tell us they can't believe the man they described as a doting grandfather could ever hurt his own family.
It was the sound of sirens that brought residents on Idlewild to their doors Friday.
“I could hear the daughter-in-law and son-in-law crying from inside my house this morning,” said neighbor Deborah Hovis.
Hovis was horrified to learn two people, including a 9-year-old girl, had been shot to death feet away.
“They've lived here probably 40 years or more on this street. They've raised their children here,” Hovis said.
Investigators said someone inside the house called 911 and hung up and when a deputy arrived for a welfare check, authorities said he found three people with gunshot wounds.
A 71-year-old woman and her granddaughter were dead.
Ronald Gregory, the woman's 67-year-old husband, the alleged shooter, was still alive, and rushed to Piedmont Medical Center.
“I have no idea what drove him to that point, to do something horrific,” Hovis said.
Neighbors said the suspect was a doting grandfather, shepherding his grandkids around in a golf cart.
They said after his wife broke her legs in an accident, he bought an RV with a handicap ramp and they traveled together for weeks at a time.
“There was no hint there was any problem. It's just a terrible, terrible situation,” Hovis said.
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