( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Kills Wife, Son And Himself At Gas Station:
A man shot and killed his wife and their 8-year-old son at a gas station and then turned the gun on himself in Varnell, Ga. Thursday night, police said.
The woman, Melissa Ball, pulled into a joint Shell station and McDonald’s around 7 p.m. with her son Grayden Whitmore in the backseat, police said.
Her husband Christopher Whitmore pulled up to them at a gas pump, shot his son in the car with a handgun, shot Ball and then killed himself, WTVC reported.
Police said Ball and Whitmore had a history of domestic issues and were separated, but it’s unclear what motivated the horrifying shooting, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
“Please pray for our family. My beautiful neice Melissa Ball and her son Grayden were taken from us tonight in Varnell Georgia. We are in total shock,” a Tennessee man named Jeff Holmes, who said Ball was his niece, wrote on Facebook Thursday night.
Ball worked at a pediatrician’s office in Dalton, according to her Facebook page.
All of the victims lived in Beaverdale, about 10 miles east of Varnell, police said.
The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office did not return requests for comment from the Daily News, and repeated calls to the gas station went to a busy signal.
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