Saturday 23 Jun 2018


Double Shooting on Capps Bridge

A vigil was held last night at Rosewood High School for the two teens who were found shot yesterday from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. 16-year-old Spenser Garrison and 15-year-old Malia Porter were found on Capps Bridge Road yesterday afternoon around 3:30. Garrison was pronounced dead at the scene and Porter was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then flown to Vidant Medical Center in very poor condition.

Several postings on various Facebook sites state Malia Porter passed away earlier this morning. We will continue to update you on this story.spenser and malia

Previous Story – A call came into to Wayne County Dispatch after 3:00 this afternoon about a double shooting on Capps Bridge Road. Once on the scene, Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered a deceased male in a pickup truck just off the bridge, a mile or two from Evergreen Memorial Cemetary. The male died from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.

A female at the sight had also been shot, again, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. She was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then flown to Vidant Medical Center in very poor condition, acccording to authorities.

Due to the recent timeline and out of respect for family members who may not have been notified yet, we are not posting any information about the identities of the victims at this time.

Witnesses on the scene said the truck had been seen in that location multiple times today, beginning as early as noon. In addition, the two victims did know each other and were identified as boyfriend and girlfriend according to a woman at the scene whose son had been with the female victim prior to the shooting.

The Sheriff’s office said the investigation is continuing but information gathered to date and evidence at the scene indicates that foul play IS NOT involved.   Sheriff Carey Winders expresses his deepest sorrow to the families of these two young people whose life ended before it really began.

We will update you on the female’s condition and full details as soon as the information becomes available.

The truck on the left is where Deputies found a deceased male from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The truck on the left is where Deputies found a deceased male from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


  1. Robbin Oliver says:

    This is a sad time for all involved in the community and we need to stand behind our youth in this time of mourning.

  2. Morgen Daw says:

    They will both be missed and I will keep the family in my prayers and hope god is watching over them in this sad and difficult time and Rest In Peace.

  3. Bear says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to these families during this difficult time.i (myself)have been through a loved one taking his deepest thoughts are with you .

  4. Deanna Morris says:

    Please use this time to educate all around you the signs and symptoms of suicide. Suicide hurts many forever! Please call 1-800-273-8255. Go to and learn them and tell another adult immediately if you recognize any possibility!

  5. Aryana says:

    I’m so sorry about what I’m praying for the family malia was well known at Norwayne middle school 2016 we loved her and the deepest sorrow goes to the male also

  6. My Wife and I are saddened so very much with the news of these events. We are praying for The Families of both these young adults ! We pray that God will be with Them as They go thru this terrible time in their lives .May God be with both of these very young victims,and shad His love and Forgiveness on each of them. We also pray for all their classmates, schoolmates and friends .

  7. Keysha Nicole says:

    My prayers are with the families and the community.

  8. Thomas says:

    I just wanted to say that although I did not know the people in question and thus is a significant tragedy, i applaud you for not releasing names or sensitive information, it shows integrity that most media has lost. Its a sad situation in which the families do not need the added stress.

  9. betty whitfield says:

    May God Bless them and there Family They could have turn to GOD he would have helped then I Know things get bad sometimes but please just turn to GOD I am praying for all of them MAY GOD BLESS YOU Betty Whitfield


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