We’re learning more about a murder-suicide in Madison County that left two men dead. Investigators said an elderly man shot his son-in-law, then turned the gun on himself.
It happened Thursday afternoon at a home on Ole Daniel Boone Road.
Investigators said Frederick Graeter, 73, and his son-in-law Steven Bryan, 55, are sadly both dead after Thursday’s shooting. Kentucky State Police said Graeter took the life of his son-in-law, before killing himself.
It’s a tragedy neighbors said they can’t comprehend. “Why? You know, why would he do that? Especially family members. You don’t take another man’s life,” said Johnny Johnson, who lives down the street from the crime scene.
Greater’s daughter said it was all because of an argument at her father’s home. She said she was on the phone with her brother-in-law when her father told him to leave just before 2p.m. Then, words were said and eventually Greater’s daughter said she heard gunshots.
“An elderly person who lives in the home shot his son-in-law, fatally killing him before turning the firearm on himself,” Trooper Robert Purdy with Kentucky State Police.
Greater’s daughter said family was home during the shooting. Kentucky State Police is interviewing them as part of the investigation, but reliving the horror isn’t easy. “Obviously they are pretty distraught. I think it was a very traumatic thing that happened in the home,” said Purdy.
It was traumatic for family, and for people who live nearby. “It’s kind of shocking that it would happen this close to home,” said Johnson. While he didn’t know his neighbors well, he said he feels their pain.
“It’s tragic, you know, I hate it for the family. I don’t wish nothing bad on nobody. I just hope the family gets through it alright,” said Johnson.
As the family mourns and says goodbye in the most difficult way, neighbors want to let them know they aren’t alone. “My thoughts and prayers are out to them and I hope they get over this hump,” said Johnson.
Investigators said although other people were in the home during the shooting, no one else was hurt.