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Neighbors say alleged shooter was "gun enthusiast"

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago April 11, 2013 Apr 11, 2013 Thursday, April 11 2013 April 11, 2013 5:05 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - One woman remains in the hospital after a domestic disturbance ended in a shooting yesterday.

Sheriff's deputies say 48-year-old William Benham shot his stepdaughter, 29-year-old Natalie Corkern, and his wife before turning the gun on himself. Corkern died in the shooting, and her mother is still in the hospital.

It happened last night on Redman Lake Drive, off Hoo Shoo Too Road in Baton Rouge. Neighbors who live near the home describe Benham and his wife as people who keep to themselves.

"I haven't seen him get violent with anybody," said Wanda Seymour "I know, like anybody they have arguments."

Seymour says Benham spent a lot of time in the woods behind his home, shooting targets.

"He was a gun enthusiast, he liked his guns and had many different kinds," she said.

This isn't the first time deputies encountered the couple. In 2012, court documents show they were charged with disturbing the peace. The charges were dropped, but Benham went to anger management.

Sheriff's deputies say alcohol could be a factor, but the investigation is ongoing.

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