NORLINA, N.C. (WNCN) – A Warren County man is on the run after shooting his ex-wife and then his 15-year-old son in the chest early Tuesday morning, police said.
The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. at a home located at 403 Hyco St. in Norlina.
Police say Earl Valentine kicked in the back door of his ex-wife’s house and shot her, then his son in the chest. The 15-year-old boy, who called 911, died while talking to the operator. Keisha Valentine, his ex-wife, is in critical, but stable condition.
“I’ve been in law enforcement 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this this guy is bragging about it on social media. No remorse whatsoever. When we spoke to him on the phone he told us he is basically armed and dangerous,” Norlina Police Chief Taylor Bartholomew said.
Keisha Valentine and her son moved to Norlina from the Charlotte area to escape Earl Valentine’s abuse, Bartholomew said. A restraining order against Earl Valentine expired last month.
Earl Valentine posted a Facebook Live video where he admitted to the shooting.
“What’s up everybody? I just killed my (expletive) wife,” Valentine said in part of the video. “I don’t feel no (expletive) remorse for what I did.”
Bartholomew said he has been in contact with Earl Valentine by phone, but his phone has now been turned off.
“He shot his own son. And for me and my guys? It’s hard to wrap your brain around that. We’re pretty angry about it especially the way he’s acting over it,” Bartholomew said.
At the time of the phone calls, police say the suspect was believed to be in the Richmond area.
Police say Valentine may have threatened other family members living in the that area.
Valentine could also be in Columbia, South Carolina, where his mother lives.
Police said they are looking for a black 2008 GMC Yukon possibly connected to Earl Valentine.