A Winston-Salem couple was found shot to death in a murder-suicide at a Forsyth Medical Center hospital room late Saturday.
WXII 12’s Stephanie Berzinski talks with Michelle Boone, the mother of Tazeman Boone, who police say was the shooter in the murder-suicide at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
The bodies of Tazeman Earl Boone, 27, and Saqueena Lanique Cutchin, 28, were found about 11:20 p.m. in a third-floor room of the hospital off Silas Creek Parkway. No one else was injured.
Cutchin died of gunshot wounds to the head, while Boone died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Winston-Salem police said Tuesday. Police told the Associated Press Boone entered the room, shot Cutchin and then turned the gun on himself.
Investigators seized a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun that Boone had in his possession. It was the only weapon involved in the incident, police said.
Cutchin had recently given birth in the hospital and was recovering when the shooting happened, family members told WXII. The premature baby is in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Michelle Boone, Tazeman’s mother, said her son sounded happy when he first called her Saturday. However, his mood changed drastically by Saturday night, as Michelle heard in a call around 11:15 p.m.
“He said, ‘Mom, I love you. I love my brothers and sisters. I love my nieces and nephews.’ Next thing I know, I heard a gunshot and the phone dropped,” Michelle Boone said.
Along with the newborn, Cutchin leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son.
Tazeman Boone was a convicted felon after being found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2004. The couple was together less than a year, and, according to court documents, they had a violent domestic history.
Tazeman Boone was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery on an unborn child after investigators allege he ran over a pregnant Cutchin with an SUV in December.
On April 14, Tazeman Boone was charged with communicating threats after investigators allege he told Cutchin “I will blow your brains out.” He was released on bail April 20, and a judge ordered him not to have contact with Cutchin.
There was no 50-B domestic violence protective order between Tazeman Boone and Cutchin at the time of the shooting. Winston-Salem police said they offered Cutchin counseling and other assistance several times, but she declined.
Michelle Boone said Tazeman sounded fed up Saturday night after saying Cuthin was “trying to take my rights.” While Michelle alleges Tazeman never touched Cutchin and Cutchin filed false accusations with police, she said she doesn’t condone what happened.
The investigation closed only a very small part of the hospital Sunday morning.
Denise Mihal, chief operating officer of parent company Novant Health, said in a statement Sunday the hospital is “deeply saddened by the events and extend our deepest sympathies to the families.”