• Man, 2 women found dead following shooting at Hickory apartment

    By: Dave Faherty


    HICKORY, N.C. - Three people are dead, and another is in the hospital after a shooting police described as domestic-related late Monday night in Hickory.

    17th Avenue NE was shut down for hours overnight after police found three people dead at an apartment building.

    The shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. in the Viewmont community.

    Neighbors described hearing two shots. When officers arrived, they found 32-year-old Roxanne Mitchem dead in the yard of the apartments.

    When they went inside the apartment, police found 34-year-old Jessica Fowler, who had been shot to death. Her estranged husband, 37-year-old David Covington, was also found dead in the apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Another man, 32-year-old Dorrian Pearson, ran from the scene looking for help after he was shot several times. He managed to find a neighbor about a block away and was eventually flown to the hospital. His condition has not been released.

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    Detectives said they believe the shooting was domestic-related. A handgun was found at the scene.

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    Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty learned there were two young children inside the home when the shots rang out, but that they were not hurt.

    “Children should not be in a situation like this,” said neighbor Pansy Warsham. “It’s not fair to them.  It’s not right.”

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