A Virginia youth pastor who apparently became embroiled in a heated domestic dispute on Thanksgiving is now facing first-degree murder charges after he fatally shot his wife, her daughter, and the daughter’s boyfriend.
Chesterfield Police announced the names of the three victims in a news release on Friday: 58-year-old Jeanett L. Gattis, 30-year-old Candice L. Kunze, and 36-year-old Andrew E. Buthorn. The suspect was identified as 58-year-old Christopher Gattis, WTVR reported.
According to a police news release, investigators are treating the incident as a domestic violence situation since all three shootings appeared to have taken place inside the Gattis family home. Authorities also revealed that Gattis was arrested at the scene of the crime and submitted to police without incident.
Gattis, who was a youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
A 911 call obtained by NBC 12 depicted the gruesome sight that police witnessed upon entering the home.
“I have one detained; be advised he shot three people … I got one male subject one the ground. He’s got two gunshots to the stomach … Sir, we have two females down in the kitchen,” could be heard in the chilling recording.
Neighbors were flabbergasted to hear that a triple murder had taken place just down the street.
“It’s just tragic, and I’m shocked. I don’t even know what to say,” Larry Patton told the outlet. “All the blue lights down the street all night long, I’m still awake. I couldn’t sleep … They’re just the type of people who would do anything for you.”