Police: Husband shoots, kills wife at Pascagoula WIC Center

Police: Husband shoots, kills wife at Pascagoula WIC Center
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.

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