Asheville police seeking information in south Asheville shooting, one deceased

From Asheville Police Department:

Asheville Police Department Detectives are investigating a shooting at a South Asheville apartment complex on Sunday evening.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Long Shoals Road around 7:57 p.m. on July 7th to investigate a report of a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers located the female victim outside an apartment, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Responding officers rendered emergency aid and spoke to the victim until the arrival of EMS. EMS transported the victim with life-threatening injuries to Mission Hospital for treatment.

During the course of their investigation, officers became aware of a potential armed suspect who may have remained inside the apartment. In the interest of safety, residents of the building were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Crisis Negotiation Officers made repeated attempts to establish communication with the suspect, both verbally and via phone, but these efforts were met with no response.

A drone was used to sweep the apartment to assess for safety. During the flight, Gregory Wayne Holden (10/12/1946) was discovered deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head; next of kin has been notified. 

If anyone has information about this incident, you are encouraged to send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411.  You can also call APD directly at (828) 252-1110.

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