Victims named in North Topsail Beach deadly shooting


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – The two victims in a deadly shooting that took place at North Topsail Beach have been identified.

The victims are Connie Britton, 56, and Dowell Gray, 71, according to the medical examiner.

McKinsey Britton, 28, was arrested Monday and charged with the fatal shooting of the two victims on New Year’s Day. Connie Britton was his mother. The three of them lived together inside of the home, according to police.

Britton appeared in Onslow County court on Tuesday. He’s represented temporarily by attorney Walter Paramore.

North Topsail Beach Police responded to the 911 call around 1:15 a.m. Monday at Britton’s home on 3rd Avenue off NC Highway 210.

Police said when they arrived they found a man in the doorway of the home who told officers he had just shot two people inside.

The man was taken into custody at the scene, while investigators found the man and woman dead inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the North Topsail Beach Police Department in the ongoing investigation.

Residents in the quiet beach town are searching for answers and say they want justice.

“I’d like to know why he did something so horrible,” resident Ruby Henry said. “To take the life of a person is the worst thing you could ever do.”

“I hope the police figure out what the motive is and I hope that the gentleman that committed the crime is brought to justice and serves his time,” resident Marco Mignone said.

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