Police: Woman Shoots Man, Kills Herself

4:45 PM, Jun 20, 2007   |    comments
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(Columbia) - It happened in broad daylight, on a street where children could have easily been playing nearby. Instead, it was Adam Kiraly who saw the whole thing happen. He was one of the first witnesses police spoke with. “It never occurred to me that it was something terrible going on at the time,” he said. Columbia police say they got the call of multiple gun shots at 1011 Munsen Spring Drive around 7:00 Tuesday night. That's roughly when Adam was pulling into his driveway, about 100 yards away from the crime scene. “I heard a crack going off behind me,” he said. "And I looked over my shoulder thinking it was a firework or something. “Then I saw a person in a green shirt holding a hand gun, aiming it down toward the ground, shooting." Columbia police say that shooter was a young woman. They say she fired several rounds into a man's torso -- an image Adam wishes he could wipe clean from his head. “After she shot him, she shot herself,” recalls Adam. Columbia police later confirmed that was how it went. The man, later identified by Columbia police as 41-year-old Dale Wells of 1011 Munsen Springs, was taken to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital for emergency surgery. The woman, 42-year-old Denise Moss, was pronounced dead on the scene. Police believe it was a domestic dispute. “We do know there was a past relationship with the two individuals on scene,” said Sergeant Florence McCants of the Columbia Police, “but we don't know the current status of that relationship." Adam Kiraly says he'd never met the people involved. But now, he may never forget them. “I feel sad and stunned more than anything else,” he said. “I've never seen anything quite like that before." Columbia police say Wells is stable, but remains in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Wells has completed surgery. Police said they have not been able to identify the female yet. WLTX.com will have more information as it becomes available.

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