Police ID dead in murder-suicide

Scene of a shooting in Moncks Corner.

A man killed a woman and then himself in Moncks Corner this afternoon, authorities said.

The murder-suicide happened on Behrman Street behind the Southcoast Community Bank.

At 5:38 p.m., police got a call about one person being shot, according to Lt. Michael Roach. While officers were on their way to the scene, a call came in that a second person had been shot. When they got there, both were dead, Roach said.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the dead as Charles Boyette, 61, and Mary Ann Cox, 44, both of Moncks Corner.

He said both died from gunshot wounds to the “lower part of the body.” Their families have been notified.

Boyette walked up and shot Cox to death, then killed himself, Roach said. He said the two knew each other but would only say that they were not married.

Roach said this kind of crime is unusual in Berkeley County. “I can’t remember a case like this, and I’ve been here 23 years,” he said.

The bank was already closed at the time of the shootings, Roach said. Reports that the shooting involved a robbery there were false.

He said two people witnessed the incident, but they were not being identified.