Police: Husband shoots, kills wife at Pascagoula WIC Center - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Police: Husband shoots, kills wife at Pascagoula WIC Center

The victim has been identified as Sonja Wells Raine of Moss Point. (Photo source: Facebook) The victim has been identified as Sonja Wells Raine of Moss Point. (Photo source: Facebook)
Capt. Shannon Massey said the shooting happened just before 8 a.m. between a worker at WIC and that person's spouse. (Photo source: WLOX) Capt. Shannon Massey said the shooting happened just before 8 a.m. between a worker at WIC and that person's spouse. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

A deadly day in Pascagoula tops tonight's headlines. Police say a Moss Point wife and mother, Sonja Wells Raine, was killed on the job earlier this morning. 

They believe her husband was the one who pulled the trigger and then turned the gun on himself. He’s currently fighting for his life at Singing River Hospital.  

A closed sign now adorns the door of this WIC Center in Pascagoula hours after the deadly shooting. Friends and family said the couple had been at odds and arguing for a long time, but they never thought this would ever happen.

Emotions ran high outside the WIC Center as friends and family members of Sonja Wells Raine rushed to her job after finding out she was killed.

“It is hurting thing. She was a nice person. She always had a smile and always teased me when she saw me. I consider us good friends as well as cousins,’ said Raine’s cousin, Lester Wells.

“Real, real shocked about it. When I pulled up, I was in disbelief. I couldn't believe,” said Pascagoula resident Morris Simmons

Kim Pinkney was also heartbroken. He says he worked at this office with Raine for months. He described Raine as an awesome coworker with a huge heart.

“She was a nice, nice person. She was the one who hired me. I worked part-time over there,” said Pinkney.

Pascagoula investigators say the 47-year-old mother and wife was a manager at the center and had arrived just before 8 a.m. to open it. Shortly after, her husband drove up, walked inside and reportedly shot her several times before shooting himself.

“We understand there were some domestic issues in the marriage. This is a terrible tragedy anytime you have someone shot and killed. The fact this is a domestic issue, husband and wife, it really impacts a lot of folks in the community,” said Pascagoula police Lt. Doug Adams.

As more and more people gathered at the crime scene, their frustration spilled over because of what they call another senseless death.

“Her sister got killed the same way by her boyfriend or husband, so that is shocking,” said Pinkney.

“What is this world coming to? Just let it go. It is better ways than doing something like that. It is better ways,” said a family friend.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved

  • Police: Husband shoots, kills wife at Pascagoula WIC CenterMore>>

  • Police: Moss Point woman shot, killed by husband at work

    Police: Moss Point woman shot, killed by husband at work

    Monday, August 31 2015 9:20 AM EDT2015-08-31 13:20:25 GMT
    Monday, August 31 2015 2:37 PM EDT2015-08-31 18:37:51 GMT
    Police have identified the woman shot and killed Monday morning in Pascagoula as Sonja Wells Raine of Moss Point. Police say the shooting was part of a domestic dispute between Sonja and her husband. More >>
    Police have identified the woman shot and killed Monday morning in Pascagoula as Sonja Wells Raine of Moss Point. Police say the shooting was part of a domestic dispute between Sonja and her husband. More >>
  • NEWSMore>>

  • More questions than answers about Greene County prison escape

    More questions than answers about Greene County prison escape

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:50:37 GMT
    Many Greene County residents are still on edge after a convicted double murderer escaped from the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville almost two weeks ago. (Photo source: WLOX)Many Greene County residents are still on edge after a convicted double murderer escaped from the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville almost two weeks ago. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Many Greene County residents are still on edge after a convicted double murderer escaped from the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville almost two weeks ago. (Photo source: WLOX)Many Greene County residents are still on edge after a convicted double murderer escaped from the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville almost two weeks ago. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Many Greene County residents are still on edge after a convicted double murderer escaped from the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville almost two weeks ago. Michael Floyd Wilson spent three days on the run before being captured on the coast. Residents want to know how it happened and why, and if it could happen again.

    More >>

    Many Greene County residents are still on edge after a convicted double murderer escaped from the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville almost two weeks ago. Michael Floyd Wilson spent three days on the run before being captured on the coast. Residents want to know how it happened and why, and if it could happen again.

    More >>
  • New development denied in Latimer

    New development denied in Latimer

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:45:13 GMT
    Some residents along Daisy Vestry Road in Latimer oppose a proposal to build a new subdivision (photo source: WLOX)Some residents along Daisy Vestry Road in Latimer oppose a proposal to build a new subdivision (photo source: WLOX)
    Some residents along Daisy Vestry Road in Latimer oppose a proposal to build a new subdivision (photo source: WLOX)Some residents along Daisy Vestry Road in Latimer oppose a proposal to build a new subdivision (photo source: WLOX)

    Residents in the Latimer community are breathing a sigh of relief after a motion to build a new subdivision was denied. 

    More >>

    Residents in the Latimer community are breathing a sigh of relief after a motion to build a new subdivision was denied. 

    More >>
  • Want to watch the Biloxi air show from your boat? Here's what you need to know

    Want to watch the Biloxi air show from your boat? Here's what you need to know

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:18:46 GMT
    Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)
    Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    The Department of Marine Resources is expecting a big turnout on the water for those wanting to watch the Blue Angels this week in Biloxi. The air show is Saturday and Sunday, but the practice rounds take place Thursday and Friday. 

    More >>

    The Department of Marine Resources is expecting a big turnout on the water for those wanting to watch the Blue Angels this week in Biloxi. The air show is Saturday and Sunday, but the practice rounds take place Thursday and Friday. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly