Neighbors in the tight knit community of Harpers Ferry said when they heard gunshots on Friday afternoon, they never would have guessed that police would say they were fired by a father, killing his own wife and daughter.
“Charlie was a happy go-lucky guy,” neighbor, Thomas Tucker said.
Officers with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office said the suspect was identified as 83 year-old Charles Clark.
Neighbors said Clark always seemed like a trustworthy, friendly, family man.
“Charlie was a very nice guy, I worked with him for 40 years,” Tucker said.
But after a family fight, police said Clark killed his wife 79 year-old Shirley Clark and his daughter Elizabeth Mansfield, who was 60 years old.
Police said one of the women was shot in the forehead, the other was shot in the face and chest.
During the 9-1-1 call for a domestic dispute, dispatchers said they could hear three shots being fired in the background, and by the time police arrived on the scene, Mansfield and Shirley Clark were found dead.
Charles Clark was located in the home.
Once police found Clark, they made their way into the house, handcuffed him, and he was detained.
“He was secured and detained pending the rest of the search of the residence to make sure no one else was inside or injured. At that point he was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s office for questioning.
While police continue to search for answers, neighbors are left with nothing but questions.
“Charlie was a real nice guy, and as far as I knew, his family was too… I still can’t believe this happened,” Tucker said.
Clark has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held without bond at Eastern Regional Jail.