Deputies Investigating Attempted Murder-Suicide In Caldwell County

LENOIR, N.C. — Deputies are investigating an attempted murder-suicide that happened on May 4th in Caldwell County.

Deputies responded to a home on Spears Road in Lenoir in reference to a shooting.  Once they arrived on the scene they found 36-year-old Sheba Clontz on the back porch of the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to her face.

A short time later, deputies say they found 77-year-old Robert Clontz dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He reportedly had a 20-gauge shotgun in his possession, according to a news release.

Sheba Clontz was stabilized by EMS on the scene and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she remains in stable but critical condition, according to a news release.

Authorities say the shooting occurred as a result of an argument over a child custody issue and Sheba was the grand daughter of Robert.  They both reportedly lived at the residence on Spears Road.  Deputies do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting.