Two young children left in car after mother shot dead in North Carolina: reports

A gunman reportedly left two babies in a car overnight after shooting and killing their mother and the man she was with as temperatures plunged into freezing temperatures in a North Carolina city.

Eric Coley, 42, was arrested and charged with the double murder, Rocky Mount police said. Press release.

Police were called to the construction company’s parking lot Thursday morning after workers arriving on the job found the adult victims inside a parked car and two small children surviving in the backseat, officials said. According to WITN. Police said the children were “young children”. According to WTVD.

The two children were not injured, but were taken to the hospital after being exposed to freezing temperatures for hours, police said. They were later released to their relatives.

Destiny Wiggins
Destiny Wiggins was left with Devone Brown dead in the front seat of her car, the two babies frozen in the back seat.

The two fatal victims have been identified as 28-year-old Devone Brown and 24-year-old Destiny Wiggins. according to WRAL. Police say the couple was shot.

The two children at the time of the horrific crime were Wiggins’ daughters. his sister told CBS 17.

“Destiny is one of eight children of my mother, Donna Wiggins. She has four children, two girls and two boys,” sister Breana Wiggins told the TV station.

Coley was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, cops said. He was returned to the Nash County Jail and his first court appearance is set for Monday morning.

Eric Coley
The suspect, Eric Coley, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
Rocky Mount Police Department

The investigation is ongoing and police said additional charges may be filed.

It is unclear what led to the shooting.

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