Death came quickly to Irmo area man, woman

April 16, 2012 

The man and the woman killed in a Friday shooting in a home near Irmo probably died “instantaneously,” Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said on Sunday.

Tammy Parker, 44, and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46, were both shot with separate large-caliber handguns, Watts said. The bodies were found about 15 feet apart on the second floor of the Parker’s house. He didn’t know who was shot first, or who was shot by whom.

Parker’s husband, Brett Parker, was at home at the time of the shootings, and he is being questioned by police.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is reconstructing the incident based on interviews and evidence at the scene.

On Sunday, Watts urged the public not to rush to conclusions on what may have happened. Processing a complicated crime scene can be a lengthy and tedious process, he said.

“This is real life – it’s not TV,” said Watts. “You have to wait for the facts. Things don’t get solved during the commercial break.”

The Sheriff’s Department “wants to get their facts straight before they release anything,” Watts said.

He said he is aware of numerous rumors about the incident in the Columbia area.

“There’s a ton of stuff out there,” he said.

The only determination his office has reached so far is that two people are dead from gunshot wounds and “they weren’t self-inflicted,” Watts said.

John Monk

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