Double Murder In West Montgomery

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When Elizabeth Thomas left her home around 8:40 this morning, she saw nothing unusual.

"It was quiet.. just another day," said Thomas.

But a few minutes after arriving for work at a local church, Thomas got a call from a friend.

"She just told me there's something going on near your home and you better come check it out," said Thomas.

When Thomas rushed back, she discovered scores of police officers and the grim truth;  two women had been shot dead in the middle of Sandy Street and a man critically injured.  Sandy Street is just off Mobile Road. It turns out the victims were brother and sisters; 29-year old Valentia Henderson.. 27-year old LaSandra Henderson and their brother 31-year old brother Jermaine Henderson. Jermaine Henderson is reportedly in stable condition at Baptist South. The Henderson women were shot several times, according to police.

"It's a nervous thing to know it all happened so soon after I left," said Thomas.

Not long after the shooting, the alleged gunman.. 30-year old Charlie Perdue was arrested and police say Perdue was distraught over the break-up between him and Valentia Henderson.

"There was a relationship between one of the females and the suspect. That escalated into a verbal fight and now the result is we have two people dead and a third person hurt," said Lt. Mark Drinkard of the Montgomery Police Department.

Thomas, meantime, tells WSFA 12 News she's lived on Sandy Street for more than 60 years. She doesn't recall trouble ever coming to her neighborhood.. until today.

Charlie Perdue is in the Montgomery County Jail with no bond. Police say Perdue faces two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

The murders today bring the city's total to 22 for the year.

Court records show Charlie Perdue was named in a domestic violence charge in 2003. In that case Valentia Henderson was the victim. Police say Henderson refused to press charges.

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