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Two-Year-Old Shot & Killed In Lenoir [UPDATE 05:50 P.m.]
Ashley Ladawn Johnson & Elijah Summerow, both reportedly shot by boyfriend Friday
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Two-Year-Old Shot & Killed in Lenoir [UPDATE 05:50 p.m.]

At about 11:40 Friday night (April 23), Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a shooting at a residential address on Pope Lane in Lenoir. Deputies arrived to find three people suffering from gunshot wounds.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Michael Dale Summerow initially shot his girlfriend, Ashley Ladawn Johnson, after first assaulting her. Summerow then allegedly shot their two-year-old child before turning the gun on himself. All three individuals were treated by Caldwell County E.M.S.

Emergency Management and the North Catawba Fire Department responded to create a landing zone near the scene. The child was flown from the landing zone to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. The child later died as a result of the gunshot wound. Ashley Johnson was later flown from Caldwell Memorial Hospital to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she was treated and released on Sunday. Michael Summerow was transported from the scene to Valdese Hospital and was later transferred to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he was still receiving treatment, at last report.

The investigation is ongoing. Criminal charges are pending.