Emma Barnard says Gracemere News was busy yesterday as people looked to find out what had happened on Tuesday.
Emma Barnard says Gracemere News was busy yesterday as people looked to find out what had happened on Tuesday. Melinda Siegmeier

Tragedy has town talking

TUESDAY’S tragic death of a baby in a double shooting at Gracemere was the talk of the town yesterday.

Emma Barnard, who works at the Gracemere Newsagency, said yesterday was a busier morning than most with many customers expressing shock at what had happened.

An eight-month-old boy was found dead at his Gracemere home and a man, 36, is in hospital after both were shot about 7.50pm on Tuesday.

The boy’s mother and man’s ex-wife died shortly after in a car crash near Allenstown.

“There’s a lot of shock about,” Emma said.

“Everyone is asking how something like this could happen in a small place like Gracemere.

“The newsagency has been really busy.

“People are looking for information about what happened.”

She said it was the most disturbing event that had occurred during her six years in the town.

Speaking mid-morning, she said no-one she’d come across had known who was involved.



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