PULASKI, Tenn. (WKRN) – A teenager and her unborn child both died after she was shot Monday evening in Giles County.
Samantha “Stormy” Carter, 16, was shot in the head around 7 p.m. at a room at the Richland Inn in Pulaski. Her boyfriend, Colton Perryman, 18, was arrested for their murders.
Police told News 2 Carter was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition and died hours later. She was 22 weeks pregnant with a little girl to be named Scarlett Danielle, who also did not survive.
“It’s a small town, we don’t have many murders or shootings like this so it’s very shocking,” Laurie Whitworth who works at the motel told News 2.
While she had already finished her work shift the night of the shooting, she met the couple on several occasions.
“They were always together. I mean, you saw him, you saw her,” Whitworth explained.
She said Perryman’s family had been staying at the motel since late August.
“They had lost their house in a fire and they were staying here. They had been here since the 25th of August,” Whitworth added.
She told News 2 Perryman and his girlfriend stayed in a room together in a separate building from his parents.
“They never had any problems before, we never had noise complaints, we never had complaints from the neighbors that they were fighting,” she explained.
News 2 also learned Perryman was on probation out of Lawrence County at the time of his arrest.
He faces two charges for second-degree murder. Pulaski police say Perryman is also accused of tampering with evidence.
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