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Deadly Shooting Investigation

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 08:55 PM EST
Investigators are looking into a shooting that left a Swain County woman dead.  It happened early Wednesday morning at the home of Alex Crisp and his girlfriend Summer Johnson, just outside Bryson City.

Crisp's father, Mike, lives in the house next door. He says his son Alex, Summer, and their 8-month-old baby girl lived in the mobile home on Gibby Road.

Neighbors are shocked at the news.

"I heard that there was an argument that night you know. They were arguing or whatever over the baby and he was waving a gun around or something and accidentally went off," says Steve Butman.

Summer graduated from Swain County High School just three years ago. Her senior yearbook is full of pictures reflecting her joy of family and life, and love of helping people. Judy Wilson taught her to become a certified nursing assistant.

Her description of Summer is heartfelt. "A very happy compassionate lady with a lot to give to life. Always wanting to make somebody laugh. She loved people," said Wilson.

The medical examiner is conducting an autopsy on Summer Johnson. The results will determine if charges will be filed.

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS

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