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Relatives made a grisly and bloody discovery inside a Banks Lane home on Christmas Eve. Autopsy results obtained by The Wilson Times shed some light on what happened to four people who were killed.
One victim was shot nine times; others suffered from gunshot wounds to the head and neck.
Neighbors reportedly heard gunshots around 1 a.m. on Dec. 24. Nearly 12 hours later, the victims' family members found bloodshed inside the home in the 2200 block of Banks Lane and called 911.
All four were found shot to death inside Tammy Pearce's home. When authorities arrived, they opened an investigation into the shooting deaths of the 54-year-old woman and her son, 28-year-old Paul Shane Pearce, along with their respective significant others, 47-year-old Selby Gene Outland and 23-year-old Dominique Nicole "Nikki" Privette.
The autopsy reports indicates that 9mm and .38-caliber cartridge casings were found at the scene.
The victims were found in four separate rooms of the home, according to their autopsy results.
All were clad in their pajamas, the report indicates.
Tammy Pearce, who was found lying on her right side on the bed in the bedroom, suffered from a gunshot wound to the head and gunshot wound to the left area near her clavicle, according to the autopsy report.
Paul Pearce suffered from a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. He was found supine on the kitchen floor, according to his autopsy.
Outland died as a result of gunshot wound to the head and right arm, his autopsy report indicates. He was found behind the bathroom door, according to the report. But Privette was shot nine times, her autopsy indicates. She was found lying on a mattress in the living room of the home.
She suffered multiple gunshot wounds to not only her neck, but back and chest and arms, according to her autopsy.
Medical examiners conduct autopsies in homicide cases, death investigations, suspicious deaths and other instances when requested by law enforcement. Autopsy reports are public record in North Carolina.