Deputies: 2 men, unborn child killed in murder suicide; child's mother hospitalized

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina — New Hanover County deputies say that an unborn child is the third victim of a murder-suicide outside of Wilmington.

Deputies tell area media outlets that 62-year-old Richard Albert Nielsen shot 38-year-old Russell Allen Mitchell in front of the attendant's window at a gas station just south of the city on Friday.

Deputies say that he then shot 29-year-old Jessica Lynn Modolo who was in her vehicle with her three children. Authorities say Nielsen then turned the gun on himself.

Modolo is in critical condition in the hospital. Deputies say she was four months pregnant and lost her unborn baby.

Authorities say Nielsen knew the victims and the shootings may have resulted in a dispute over a piece of property.

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