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Man charged with murder in shooting death of woman

Five rifles, a handgun, methamphetamine, marijuana and a bulletproof vest were all recovered from the scene of an incident that led to a local man being charged with murder Monday night.
By Paul Keane

A local woman is dead and a man is facing murder charges after a Monday night shooting incident.

Christopher Norman Bishop of Toby Landrum Road is facing a murder charge after being arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. He is charged in the shooting death of 37-year-old Carla Faye Gray, who had the same address as the suspect.

According to WCSO Investigator Kevin Stevens, a 9-1-1 call regarding a shooting was dispatched at around 8:30 p.m. Monday night. Deputies Thomas Barnett, Preston Shedd and Brian Everett, along with ambulance officials from Wayne General Hospital, responded to a residence at 499A Toby Landrum Road. The deputies found Gray and she was transported to Wayne General, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Deputies secured the scene and called in investigators. Gray suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of her chest, and Bishop was taken into custody. Investigators later secured a search warrant to search the residence.

Inside, weapons — including a handgun believed to be the murder weapon — and drugs were discovered in the home. A total of five rifles, a bulletproof vest, 15.8 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and scales were confiscated.

The drugs were located inside concealable, magnetic key holders and, according to investigators, were stored in a manner indicating they were being made ready for transport.

Stevens said there was apparently some type of domestic dispute before the shooting, and that there had been previous domestic violence calls answered by deputies at the residence in the past.

Investigators discussed the case with the District Attorney's Office Tuesday morning and were advised to pursue the murder charge. Bishop was awaiting his initial appearance and bond has not yet been set.

The case will be presented to the June session of the Wayne County Grand Jury.
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