A Mississippi Democratic House candidate shot and killed his wife, then took his own life on Tuesday after a months-long divorce battle.
According to local authorities, Carl Robinson, 43, walked into the Williams Medical Clinic where his wife, Latoya Thompson, 34, worked as a receptionist and opened fire with a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson, Fox News reports. At some point he then turned the gun on himself. Police discovered he suffered from a gunshot wound to the head as he laid feet away from his estranged wife’s body.
“We found the shooter dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head,” Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson told the Daily Journal newspaper. “He and his wife were in the process of a divorce. His wife was lying on the floor near his body.”
Thompson’s co-workers attempted to resuscitate her, but she succumbed to her wounds while they were trying to place her on a medical helicopter. Police also recovered the gun from the scene. No other persons were injured in the shooting.
Witnesses told the outlet that they noticed Robinson pacing near the clinic’s entrance moments before the shooting. Prior to Tuesday’s tragic events, Robinson was preparing for the August 6 Democratic primary where he was on the ballot to represent District 5 in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
The couple was married in 2014, but became strained after they jointly filed for divorce on April 26. At the time, one lawyer represented their case, but tensions escalated after she hired a separate attorney.
Tuesday’s events were sobering, due to the fact that Thompson had recently changed her mind over the custody battle for the couple’s 3-year-old son and spousal support, according to Fox 13.
Thompson’s brother Kevin told the outlet that he’s focused raising his nephew left behind and honoring his sister’s memory.
“She was a singer, she was our little songbird. Ever since she was a kid, she was always singing something. Beautiful smile, beautiful spirit,” he said.
“I was mad at what happened to my sister. I was sad at the fact that I lost my sister, and I was numb because I couldn’t do anything about it,” he continued.