Sheriff’s Office investigating roommates Murder, Suicide

On Tuesday, 07/11/2023, Carteret County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Dogwood Drive in Cedar Point following a request for a welfare check on the two occupants. Deputies discovered two men deceased inside the home both suffering from gunshot wounds.

Detectives have identified the shooter as 84-year-old Michael Lyle Bowling who contacted a friend to come get his dog and call the Sheriffs Office. Investigators believe 64-year-old Jack McClellan Shafer Sr. was shot by Bowling before he turned the gun on himself.

The incident is currently under investigation and detectives have learned the two roommates had not been getting along for the past few weeks. Next of kin for both the deceased have been notified.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck and staff wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to both these grieving families who were shocked to learn of this tragedy late yesterday afternoon.