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Police ID Louisa apparent murder-suicide shooter

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Murder Suicide

LOUISA, Va. (WTVR) – Police have released the name of the shooter – and the victim – in an apparent murder-suicide in Louisa County Tuesday.

Mayor Donny Lowe, with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday that the victim’s 17-year-old son called 911 around 9:20 p.m. after he heard gunshots when he was outside with the family’s dog.

Lowe told CBS 6 News’ Angela Pellerano that when deputies arrived to 1841 Mt. Airy Road, they found 47-year-old Jerry Thomas Persinger and 43-year-old Carol Ann Setchfield shot dead.

Persinger, who apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and Setchfield were found in the same room. 

An official said the incident remains under investigation, but appears to be a murder-suicide and was domestic related. A handgun was recovered from the scene.

Law enforcement said the victim and alleged shooter had a relationship, but were not living together.

The victim also has a 23-year-old son. Both of the victim’s sons are staying with family members.