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Officials suspect Clinton Morris killed Derek Roberson in Christiansburg and then Barry Roberson in Pulaski.
MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times
Police say a man shot and killed his stepson, then himself at this house in the 100 block of Sixth Street Northwest in Pulaski on Friday evening.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Investigators have not identified a motive in Friday’s shootings in the New River Valley that left two brothers and their stepfather dead.
Police said on Monday that a Christiansburg man shot his stepson in the house they shared, drove to Pulaski, shot another stepson and then killed himself.
Christiansburg and Pulaski police have identified Clinton Morris, 69, as the suspected shooter.
Brothers Derek Scott Roberson, 36, of Christiansburg and Barry Roberson, 45, of Pulaski were found dead Friday in their homes from apparent gunshot wounds.
Christiansburg police Maj. Dalton Reid has said that officers responded about 6:15 p.m. Friday to a call about gunshots at a house on Kay’s Drive, near Majestic Drive. When police arrived, they found Derek Roberson dead, but no suspect at the scene.
According to a search warrant filed Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, a woman called 911 after discovering that her son had been shot. Officers found a “deceased male lying in a pool of blood in a bedroom within the home with an apparent head wound,” the warrant stated. The woman told police that after she heard a loud noise, she saw a male leaving the home, according to the warrant.
Reid declined to identify the caller but said that she was not harmed.
A man who came to the door of the Kay’s Drive residence on Monday declined to comment on the incident.
After officers discovered Derek Roberson’s body, Christiansburg police sent out a news release that named Morris as a person of interest.
That evening, Morris’ family told police that he could be heading to the home of his recently deceased mother or to her gravesite, which are both in Pulaski, Reid said. Christiansburg police notified Pulaski law enforcement officials to be on the lookout for Morris and his car, a beige 2004 Ford Taurus, but Reid said police had no indication or information that Morris would harm anyone else.
Before Pulaski police could find Morris or his car, they received a call about 7 p.m. regarding shots fired in the 100 block of Sixth Street Northwest
They discovered two people dead from gunshot wounds, according to a police news release.
Pulaski police Officer Megan Jennings said that Morris was found outside an apartment building and Barry Roberson, who lived alone in the building, was found inside.
A man who was inside the apartment building on Monday declined to talk about Roberson or the incident.
Morris’ car was found in the parking lot of the apartment building, according to a search warrant filed Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. There were dark brown stains on the steering wheel and on the exterior driver’s side door handle. The stains were consistent with dried blood, the warrant stated.
After searching the Taurus, police seized two spent ammunition casings and completed four DNA kits, according to the warrant.
At the residence on Kay’s Drive in Christiansburg, officers completed a gunshot residue kit and seized a bullet, a cellphone, a Remington 16-gauge shotgun, a Stevens 20-gauge shotgun, a Browning Light 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester .22-caliber rifle, assorted ammunition and a leather holster, according to the warrant filed in Montgomery County.
Both Pulaski and Christiansburg police said they do not anticipate any charges being filed in the incident.
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