Three People Dead In Rocky Mount Shooting

Police say three people are dead after a double murder-suicide in Rocky Mount.

Police got a call around 4:30 that there had been a shooting at 916 B Benvenue Road.

When police arrived they discovered three people with gunshot wounds.

Police say witneses told them 53 year old William Schowengerdt and his stepson, 21 year-old Alex Walker, had been arguing when Mr. Schowengerdt got a handgun and shot his stepson.

Walker ran from the residence and collapsed in front of 916 Benvenue Road.

Police say Mr. Schowengerdt then shot his wife, 56 year-old Lynda, and then shot himself on the front porch of 916 B Benvenue Road.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


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  • by B Location: NC on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    THUG! Typical...
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: Vanceboro on Jul 9, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    Concerned Citizen: I understand your point, and of course, I am not referring to folks on their way to or from a job in the evening. I have worked 2nd & 3rd shifts before, and I was either on my way home, or working. I refer to those out looking for trouble i.e. on other people's property at odd hours. Your right; crime happens at all hours.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    3 people dead would make the news in the Triad, but three people just shot but survived, you'll hear about it once maybe twice, then it would be blow over quick. I heard a shot in the middle of the night looked outside my neighbor was on the ground bleeding,EMS came scooped him up, and til this day I haven't heard nothing else about it. I watch the news and read the paper and heard nothing.In fact their was a up and coming female rapper in Goldsboro, who was brutally "assassinated" in Mt.Olive, I never seen one thing here or any other news outlets about it. WTF!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:27 PM
    well well well someone had to outshine LJ Richardson... Wonder if its race related???
  • by JB Location: "The Rock" on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    He wasn't a 53 year old thug. It was a family squabble that ended poorly. Cross reference your news, wral.com or rockymounttelegram.com. Most news services go with the motto "If it bleeds, it leads." Leading stories arent those of fuzzy kittens and do-gooders. Blood, violence, and FEAR sells. Smoke detectors, hurricane preparedness kits, insurance; How do they get you to buy them? All together ... FEAR. FEAR of fire, fear of weather, fear of living. You may call me naive but ... when you're bombarded with negative hype from the media (what seems like every second of the day) there's only so much you can take before enough is enough. Wake up. There's a victim that is never shown in the news ... your innocence.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    OutsideLookingIn... You really need to stop stereotyping people. There are people who work 2nd and 3rd shift and they are good people just like those that work during the day. You cant use the time of day a person is out to judge if they are a good person or not. During the summer months it simply is too hot for the criminals to be out during the day so they tend to only come out at night. Now in a few months things will be happening during the daytime and evening as it will be too cold at night ....
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    At least he kept it in the family and didn't kill an inocent bystander.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    A thug with the name Schowengerdt? It sounds more like a depressed psychopath to me. God bless the family of the deceased.
  • by Hey Triad Location: Rocky Mount on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    Three people dead not news in Greensboro? Wow, it's even top story on WRAL & WTVD. I don't think they have any real news stations in Greensboro. Thanks WITN for keeping us informed.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    This sound like don't sound like thugs, or blacks at all. Bet it's somebody that was up here making comments about how bad young black male were. Crime comes in all colors.
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