The Neighborhood

The Sunday afternoon quiet in one neighborhood was shattered by gunshots.

The episode began with one unnamed husband who allegedly shot his unnamed wife in the leg. The children ran from the apartment to a neighbor’s mobile home where they allegedly said that “Daddy shot Mama.”

The wife followed the children to the mobile home, then so did the husband. The neighbor Charles Daran Kinard worked nightshift, and was reported as being asleep when the commotion began.

The husband confronted the wife in the kitchen of the mobile home, and it is reported that she died from at least 5 gunshot wounds. Then the husband allegedly shot Kinard in the same bedroom of the mobile home that the children were hiding in. Kinard also died from his wounds.

Kinard’s girlfriend escaped to another neighbor’s home and police were called. As the officer’s arrived, they heard a shot and took cover. A search of the mobile home found the bodies of the wife and Kinard, but no gunman.

Neighbors were evactuated from their homes, and a search for the gunman began. Neighbors report seeing officers walking through their yards with guns drawn. A robot was used to breech the door of the apartment and found the husband dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

The two children who have been reported as being 10 to 12 years old were not physically harmed and are now in protective custody.

http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060814/APN/608140833

http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060813/NEWS01/608130344

http://www.wistv.com/global/story.asp?s=5276423

http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060814/NEWS01/608140371

This is the third time I have tried to write this post, but a minor problem behind the scenes has been preventing me from posting. But I am going to try one more time.

First, I cannot or maybe do not want to imagine what those kids were thinking after they heard or saw their father shoot their mother and as they were fleeing to the neighbor’s home. Or what went through their minds as they heard the shots that they would later learn took their mother’s life, in the same home that they took refuge. I do not want to imagine the terror they must have felt when they heard the shot that took Kinard’s life- in the same room they were hiding in. Or what pain and terror they must have felt being led through the home where the bodies of their mother and their neighbor lay. Then to learn that their father was also dead. If it is too much for me to consider, then how much worse it must be for the children I also cannot bear to consider. How long will it take for the children to be able to close their eyes and not see those images, hear those sounds? I wonder if the husband considered the effect this would have on the children or the effect this would have on their lives? There was a mention in one of the articles that children whose parents commit suicide can become predisposed to suicide and are more likely to commit suicide themselves. And that children who witness the events often require years of counseling and therapy themselves.

Some articles list rage and jealousy as the motive for the shootings. But at least one article indicates that the husband wanted to move to Florida and take the children with him. The police chief has said that they don’t think ongoing abuse was a problem, but that emotional instability and possessiveness toward the children may have contributed.

Police also say that the only connection that Charles Kinard had to the family…. was that they took shelter in his home.

A normal Sunday in the neighborhood, with the normal sounds shattered by the sounds of gunfire. At least 6 homes were evacuated and the normal activities were replaced with officers walking the neighborhood with guns drawn, looking for the gunman. I would guess that it will be a while before things get back to normal in that neighborhood. How long will it be before they quit jumping at every loud noise?

I cannot help but reflect on the people who are going to be impacted by this. Besides the children of the couple and the people in the neighborhood, the wife and Charles Kinard and even the husband would have family and friends. The children that the couple’s children are friends with. Even the police officers and paramedics who were on duty that day.

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2 Comments

  1. Peach said,

    August 17, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    Emotional instability and possessiveness are abuse. The chief may not have been aware of physical abuse, but it comes in all forms. Your “domestic violence links” are great and many more in law enforcement need to be aware of other signs.

  2. August 17, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    When I started the blog, I decided that not only would I (and anyone who read here) learn more about DV, but that if anyone came here who was suffering, could hopefully find helpful resources. I don’t know- it was just important to me. So if you ever find a good resource you want me to look at, drop it in any case comments.


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