‘The gun is on the table.’ Woman charged with murder after shooting in Raleigh townhome

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A 911 call released by police Thursday gives details on an overnight shooting that left a 45-year-old man fatally wounded.

Officers responded around 9 p.m. Wednesday to the shooting on Lynnberry Place, where they found Sean Michael Wishart suffering from a gunshot wound, according to the Raleigh Police Department. He was taken to the hospital but did not survive.

Police charged Wendy Sue Wishart, 41, with murder in the shooting in the Brier Creek neighborhood. She is being held in Wake County Detention Center without bail.

Police did not specify how the pair were related. Court records show the couple got divorced in 2019.

Wendy Wishart had been a substitute teacher with the Wake County Public School System since April but had been suspended from working at the district, according to ABC11, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner.

911 call released

In an edited 911 call released Thursday, a woman asks a dispatcher to send an ambulance to the townhouse on Lynnberry Place.

“Shot him when he was in the ... in the chest,” she says. “The gun is on the table.”

The caller says Sean Wishart was in the bathroom area hallway.

The dispatcher asks the woman to come out of the house with her hands up and to make sure she is visible to the police, who are on the way.

“I just want you to step out there,” the dispatcher says. “Don’t make any sudden moves.”

Domestic Violence Protective Orders

Wendy Wishart filed two domestic violence protective orders against her ex-husband in March. In the orders, she accuses him of stalking her and finding her address despite being in an address confidentiality program.

“He has written a creepy poem and been in contact with my family after repeatedly asking him not to,” she wrote.

Wishart also accused her ex-husband of harming their children. The couple has four children, aged 17, 15, nine and eight. They share custody.

Wendy Wishart accused Sean Wishart of feeding their son foods he is allergic to.

She wrote that he has a revolver, a pistol and a rifle with access to multiple other firearms.

Wendy Wishart wrote that she previously filed claims for custody of the children, support and alimony in Orange County. Sean Wishart was charged with violating a domestic violence protective order in Orange County in 2018, court records show.

Wendy Wishart’s claims were voluntarily dismissed, court records show.

2nd shooting in Raleigh

The incident in Brier Creek was one of at least two shootings overnight in Raleigh, according to police.

At 10:04 p.m., officers responded to a reported shooting in the 1400 block of East Jones Street. They did not find any victims, but minutes later an adult arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds, a news release stated.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-HELP or go go raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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