Sheriff's Department Investigates Monkey Junction Murder Suicide

Sheriff's Department Investigates Monkey Junction Murder Suicide Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office is investigating a murder suicide that occurred Friday February 6th shortly before 4 pm at the Murphy Gas Station located in the Wal-Mart parking lot at Monkey Junction on South College Road.
62-year-old Richard Albert Nielsen approached 38-year-old Russell Allen Mitchell at the attendant station while Mitchell was turning in some lottery tickets. Nielsen shot Mitchell once in the head. Nielsen walked outside to a vehicle parked at a gas pump and shot Mitchell’s 29-year-old sister-in-law Jessica Lynn Modolo in the head and   abdomen. Modolo was pregnant. Nielsen then walked behind his vehicle and shot himself in the head. Modolo was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries.   Mitchell and Nielsen were both pronounced dead at the scene. 
Modolo was listed in critical condition. He unborn child did not survive.
During a news conference held Saturday February 7th, District Attorney Ben David said there was a property dispute that began in December.
Modolo filed a report of larceny with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department on Thursday. Listed in the report were a gas powered hedge trimmer, generator, lawn mower, and other items. David explained Sheriff's Deputies talked to Nielsen and he told them he had already sold the items.
David said family members reported Nielsen, age 62, said at his age he wasn't going to jail and gave away allot of his possessions including debit card. At around 3PM Friday he purchased a .380 semi-automatic handgun. An hour later he shot Mitchell, Modolo and himself.
The gun was purchased legally at a gun shop on Market Street.

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