Story updated at 8 a.m.
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating a possible murder-suicide late Wednesday off Hoo Shoo Too Road that left at least two people dead.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said Thursday morning that 48-year-old William Benham and his wife were arguing when Benham got a gun and shot his wife and then shot his stepdaughter, 29-year-old Natalie Corkern at 9236 Redman Lake Drive.
Benham then shot himself, Hicks said.
The wife, whose name has not been released Thursday morning, was transported to a local hospital, Hicks said.
“We don’t have calls like this very often,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Wednesday night. “It’s just a tragedy that whatever the circumstances were, they got to this point.”
As of 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, Gautreaux said the wife was still alive and undergoing emergency surgery.
When deputies arrived, both the wife and Corkern were alive and they gave corroborating stories about what happened, Gautreaux said.
Gautreaux said the wife called 911 for help after Benham, who had been drinking, came home and started acting “crazy” before the shooting.
The 911 dispatcher kept the wife on the phone while deputies were en route, at which time they heard two gunshots and the woman would no longer respond, Gautreaux said.
Gautreaux said deputies found Benahm at the bottom of a staircase with a least one gunshot wound to the upper torso neck area.
Deputies found the wife in the living room with a gunshot wound to the torso, he said.
Corkern was found shot at least once in the torso and was in the doorway to her bedroom, Gautreaux said.
The sheriff said deputies had been to the area because of reports of shots fired from hunters but that he did not know if the calls came specifically from the victims’ residence.
Hicks said the shootings occurred at 8:20 p.m. and possibly began as a domestic violence incident.
Wanda Seymour, 68, a neighbor, said she never really heard from the people at the end of the street.
“You could go down there and talk to them. They were friendly enough,” said Seymour, who lives in a mobile home less than a quarter-mile from the victims’ home.
Meg Brown, 62, a neighbor, said Corkern did not live with her parents but visited and stayed with them for months at a time.
Corkern “was very courteous, very well-mannered and had an interest in dogs,” Brown said.
Brown said it is not uncommon to hear gunshots in the woods in the area. She said the husband owned several guns and law enforcement authorities had been to the home several times after neighbors complained about him shooting his guns.
“I didn’t think it odd until I saw the police lights. It’s nothing to hear gunshots out here,” Brown said.