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NC toddler dead, mom injured in Friday night shooting. Investigators say child's father also shot himself.
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NC toddler dead, mom injured in Friday night shooting. Investigators say child's father also shot himself.

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LENOIR — Caldwell County deputies say a man shot his girlfriend and their 2-year-old son before turning the gun on himself late Friday night.

Deputies went to 4205 Pope Lane, Lot 7, in Lenoir, around 11:40 p.m. Friday after a reported shooting, according to a release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival, they found three people with gunshot wounds.

Investigators determined that Michael Dale Summerow, 38, initially shot his girlfriend, Ashley Ladawn Johnson, at their home before shooting their 2-year-old son and himself, the release said.

The toddler was airlifted to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he later died from the gunshot wound, the release said.

Johnson was later flown from Caldwell Memorial Hospital to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she was treated for her injuries and released Sunday, the release said.

Summerow initially was transported to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Valdese, but was later transferred to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he still is receiving treatment, authorities said.

The investigation is active and charges are pending, officials said.

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