UPDATE: Husband, wife dead after shooting at Holly Tree Racquet Club

Records show a filing in the custody case the same day the shooting happened
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 4:39 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Two people died after a shooting Tuesday on Holly Tree Road.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to the Holly Tree Racquet Club Tuesday afternoon and found a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Police administered CPR until EMS arrived, but she died at the scene.

The WPD said that the suspect, 64-year-old Dimitre Dimitrov, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He later died of his injuries.

While kids were in the area at the time of the shooting, officials said that no children were physically injured.

WECT reached out to the Holly Tree Racquet Club and the following statement was released by the club:

“The tragic event that occurred last night at Holly Tree racquet club was the result of a domestic violence dispute between a husband and his wife. The husband shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. The victims were not members of our tennis facility. Our thoughts and prayers are with the surviving family.”

Civil court filings confirm the couple was going through a divorce and was in a bitter custody battle for their 12-year-old son. The case had been ongoing for several months after the pair separated in September.

The file includes domestic violence orders where both the husband and the wife alleged physical and verbal abuse against one another. Records show a filing in the custody case the same day the shooting happened, where court officials approved an extension filed by the boy’s father.

“This is an isolated incident and WPD is currently investigating. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family,” the Wilmington Police Department said in a news release Wednesday evening. “If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse please seek help.”

The number to the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services is 910-343-0703. You can also visit their website here for more resources and information.

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