A Rock Hill couple died in a Charleston hotel in what authorities are calling a homicide-suicide.
James "Jim" Roy Kelly Jr., 57, of 772 Atherton Way died Saturday from a gunshot wound at the Holiday Express on Savannah Highway in Charleston, said Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin.
Joyce Kelly, 58, also died from a gunshot wound, Koelpin said.
"It has been determined that it's a homicide-suicide," Koelpin said. "She is the suicide, and he is the homicide."
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Koelpin declined to say how many times or where either person was shot. Autopsies were completed Sunday, said Koelpin, who declined to release further details.
Officials are not clear about a specific timeline for the deaths. Officials believe the incident happened between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Koelpin said.
'We never saw it coming'
James Kelly's daughter-in-law, Jeana, said the couple was vacationing.
"We're all shocked," she said. "We never saw it coming."
A police report on the deaths was unavailable Tuesday night. However, the bodies were discovered around 2 p.m. Sunday, said Charles Francis, public information officer with the Charleston Police Department.
"People staying in an adjacent room said they heard some shots," Francis said.
According to The (Charleston) Post & Courier reports, the couple was supposed to vacate room No. 114 on Sunday. After check-out time, a manager called the room numerous times. When he unlocked the door around 2:30 p.m., he found the couple unresponsive, the Post & Courier reported.
A note was discovered; however, Francis declined to reveal its contents or who wrote it. Police also discovered a gun in the room but declined to reveal the type of weapon or the number of shell casings found.