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One Dead In Chase City Shooting

A weekend shooting outside of Chase City on Saturday night termed a “possible murder - suicide” was described by one local law enforcement officer as the worst case he has seen. According to reports from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 2400 block of New Hope Road in the Skipwith community at 9:02 p.m. on Saturday after the  E-911 Center was notified of a multiple shooting incident with one person possibly deceased and several people wounded. 

Arriving at the scene, officers found what appeared to be a domestic dispute that had escalated into violence, the report stated. 

Outside near the home, officers found one woman, 30-year-old Catheryn Lynn Martinez, and two female juveniles.  Martinez and one of the two children were suffering from gunshot wounds, according to the report. 

Officers immediately called for medical assistance and additional backup.

Inside the kitchen of the residence, deputies found a male juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  The child was still alive and medical help was given, the report stated.

In a nearby room off the kitchen, officers found the body of 30-year-old Manuel Nunez Martinez, husband of Catheryn Martinez.  He was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head, the report stated.

Members of the Chase City Rescue Squad responded to the location and began giving aid to the wounded. 

A helicopter was requested to transport the male juvenile to VCU- Medical College of Virginia  in Richmond, while Catheryn Martinez and the two female juveniles were taken by the Chase City Rescue Squad to the Community Memorial Emergency Room, according to the report.

According to official reports, the juveniles involved were the daughters of Catheryn Martinez.

Investigators arrived, began processing the crime scene and recovered a revolver believed to have been used in the shooting spree, reports stated.

Information on the condition of the victims was not available at press time.