GREENSBORO — A man who called 911 on Sept. 1 told dispatchers he woke up to people in the house and shot one of them with a gun they had dropped.
Authorities on Wednesday released the audio recordings of three 911 calls in the shootings at 1100 Huffine Mill Road that police have said were connected to a planned robbery.
In one, the man calling for help could barely be understood at first because he was sobbing. The caller managed to give the address before breaking down.
“No, no, oh, God,” he said. “No, no, grandma.”
The 911 operator continued to ask the caller questions, trying to understand what happened at the house.
“They’re here on the (expletive) floor,” the caller said between shuddering breaths. “My grandma is dead.”
Police said 72-year-old Doris Hampton Leach, who lived at 1100 Huffine Mill Road, was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in critical condition after being shot about 10:40 p.m. that day. She died from her injuries on Monday. In addition to Leach, a 26-year-old and a 16-year-old also were shot.
“They’re dead?” the 911 operator asked the man who called from the home to report the shootings. “What happened to them?”
The caller continued to cry. The 911 operator asked him to calm down so he could explain what happened.
“I don’t know. I woke up and these people were in the (expletive) house,” the caller said.
During the five-minute call, the man gradually pulled himself together and told the dispatcher that when he woke up several people were in the house. Initially, he said there were two or three people. Later in the call he said there were four. The caller told the dispatcher that one intruder was still in the house and that he had shot the man.
“I shot him with the gun they dropped,” the caller told the 911 operator.
The 911 operator asked if anyone in the house was still armed, and the caller said he had a gun. It was unclear if it was the same gun the intruders dropped. The caller said he was putting the gun on the ground so he could go outside to meet police responding to the call. He then hung up, despite the dispatcher asking him to stay on the line.
Guilford Metro 911 received two other calls about the shooting. In one, someone on Huffine Mill Road called and reported hearing five gunshots. The man said he heard someone say, “Get up,” according to the call.
In the third call, a woman reported that the shooting happened near her house and that two men were walking down Huffine Mill Road toward Burlington Road. One was helping the other, who appeared to be injured, according to the caller.
Police have charged two Greensboro residents in connection with the events that night: Tyriq Christopher McCain, 16, of 1614 Valley View St. and Jeffrey Bernard Cobb, 29, of 314 Lawrence St.
They are being held in the Guilford County jail on $150,000 bail each on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.