MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Two people are dead in Morehead City in what officials describe as a murder suicide.
At approximately 10:30pm Friday, Carteret County Deputies and Morehead City Police responded to the 1800 block of North 20th Street in Morehead City.
67 year old Benny Burney Sr. was found dead at the scene. Deputies said he was shot twice by his son, 33 year old Benny “Buddy” Burney Jr, who barricaded himself inside the residence, before taking his own life.
Deputies said Burney Jr. shot and killed his father, before taking his own life.
The incident occurred in front of Burney Jr’s mother and the husband of Burney Sr. She was not harmed.
Deputies said Burney Jr. suffered from extreme mental illness, and detectives have not yet determined a motive.