RED SPRINGS — The man suspected of shooting and killing two people last week and injuring a third will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder and felonious assault if he survives injuries that put him on life support.
“The suspect has not been charged as of yet,” District Attorney Johnson Britt said on Monday. “It all depends on whether the individual survives his injuries that he is hospitalized for. If the suspect does survive and he is capable of standing trial, he will be held fully accountable for his actions.”
According to investigators, Joseph Matteson, 31, began shooting on Wednesday shortly after 5:30 p.m. at a home at 12156 N.C. 211 West, killing two people — his mother, 55-year-old Donna Matteson, and 59-year-old Kathy Bullard. A third person, Kathy Bullard’s 28-year-old son, Mark Anthony Bullard, was also shot by Matteson, according to investigators, and is recovering from his injuries.
Investigators believe Matteson wanted to kill his wife, Kendra Matteson, 24, but ran out of ammunition. Matteson called 911 and said her husband was outside the home and threatening to kill her.
Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that Joseph Matteson suffered severe head injuries when Mark Anthony Bullard and a family friend “took him down and a struggle ensued.”
Anthony Williams, a witness to the struggle, told The Robesonian that he saw a man lying partially in the road and another man standing over him, first kicking, and then pistol-whipping him.
Joseph Matteson and Mark Anthony Bullard were both taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, according to Sealey. Bullard’s condition on Monday was not available.