A man who won $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket fatally shot his girlfriend and then himself after the pair got into a heated row about sharing the winnings.
Terry Martin, 48, shot his girlfriend Laurice Hampton, 48, after she asked for half of the proceeds.
But Hampton, critically injured from a gunshot wound to her chest, was able to call 911 about 6:30am Saturday to report the shootings before she died.
Responding officers found the couple inside their master bedroom at their home on Beaty Street in Fort Worth, Texas, where Martin was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Hampton was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital but died a few hours later.
Homicide Sergeant Joe Loughman said the tragic couple had known each other since childhood and had lived together for several years.
Loughman told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: ‘We received information that the suspect had won $500 on a Texas lottery scratch-off ticket and that the victim wanted half of the proceeds. The suspect didn’t want to share it with her.’
He added: [Hampton told police] that she had been shot and that he had shot himself after he shot her.’
Records showed that there was a history of violence between the couple.
According to Tarrant County court records, Martin was sentenced in July 2012 to a day in jail and fined $214 for assaulting Hampton in their home in November 2011.
Source: Daily Mail