Police: Belmont woman, son died from ‘multiple chop wounds’
A member of the Belmont police department crosses the police line at 20 Sunset Drive on May 24, 2013. State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at the home in Belmont. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
The two people found dead in their Belmont home yesterday, a 59-year-old woman and her 39-year-old son, died from “multiple chop wounds,” according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. Autopsies today showed the mother also died from blunt-force injuries, and both deaths have been ruled homicides.
The police were called to 20 Sunset Drive yesterday at 11 a.m. and found the bodies of Priscilla Carter and her son, Timothy. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said no one has been arrested in the case. However, Shawn Carter, who neighbors said lives at the Sunset Drive rental property, was taken into custody three hours after the bodies were discovered, according to a press release yesterday from the Tilton Police Department.
Witnesses said the car Shawn Carter was driving was stopped in Tilton, where nearly a dozen officers approached him, some with guns drawn. Carter had not been named a suspect as of last night, and Strelzin, reached at the Belmont police station, would not comment on why Carter had been taken into custody.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police at 223-4381.
(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or rduckler @cmonitor.com or on Twitter @rayduckler.)