LENOIR, N.C. -- The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office and state agents are investigating after five people were shot, one fatally, Wednesday night.
The shooting began around 11 p.m. at two homes on Grandin Road near Blue Creek Road in an area called Kings Creek, north of Lenoir.
Officials say it started as an argument when one man's dog killed his neighbor's cat. The neighbor then shot the dog, prompting the dog's owner to shoot his 50-year-old neighbor and the neighbor's 8-year-old daughter. They are in fair and good condition, respectively.
"My daughter was across the road," said Tammie Roberts, a neighbor of the shooter. "When she walked across the road, she heard the first gunshot."
"It was very terrifying hearing all the gunshots," she added, saying her family took cover.
When sheriff's deputies came out to investigate, the man who shot the father and daughter began shooting at them. One deputy was hit multiple times and was flown to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to be released Friday.
Another deputy was hit in the arm. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
Deputies eventually moved in on the shooter, and more shots were fired, resulting in the suspect's death. Sheriff's officials believe he was struck in the gunfire.
If only the cat was properly armed all this could have been avoided.