Victims identified in Winston-Salem triple shooting that left two dead

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – One man has been arrested after an early morning shooting outside his Winston-Salem home left a man and woman dead.

Zachary Wilson Hobbs, 32, of Winston-Salem, faces charges after the shooting deaths of 37-year-old Steven Richard Salsman and 33-year-old Meghann Rae Stubbs, both of 2431 Stockton St. in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem police were called to a the suspect’s home at 2427 Stockton St. at about midnight on Friday in reference to a reported shooting.

Arriving officers found three people on the front porch suffering gunshot wounds. Salsman and Stubbs were pronounced dead at the scene. The third victim was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is currently in stable condition.

Salsman and Stubbs lived together at a neighboring home at 2431 Stockton St. and had one child together, according to investigators.

About one month ago, Zachary Wilson Hobbs moved into 2427 Stockton St., which is directly adjacent to 2431 Stockton St., according to a preliminary investigation.

Police said Salsman and Stubbs have been in an ongoing dispute with Hobbs and other residents of 2427 Stockton St. since shortly after Hobbs’ arrival in the neighborhood.

Shortly before midnight, Hobbs was sitting on his front porch with two other people, according to police.

A verbal altercation erupted between his neighbors, Salsman and Stubbs. The argument intensified and Salsman eventually entered onto the front porch of 2427 Stockton St. Stubbs entered onto the front steps of the home, according to police.

As the altercation continued, Hobbs opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun and about a dozen shots were fired, striking Salsman multiple times.

Stubbs was also struck multiple times and the third victim was struck once, according to police.

Detectives are still investigating the death of Salsman to determine if Hobbs acted lawfully in self-defense, or unlawfully. The preliminary investigation indicates that the third victim was struck inadvertently and her shooting also remains under investigation.

Detectives have charged Hobbs with one count of murder in connection with the death of Meghann Stubbs.

Hobbs was jailed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under no bond. The investigation is ongoing.

The deaths of Salsman and Stubbs mark the thirteenth and fourteenth homicides to occur in Winston-Salem in 2016. Five homicides had occurred in Winston-Salem during the same time frame of 2015.

Lauretta Hauser Mbacke knew both families involved and nannied for one of them.

“I would have never thought in a million years that this was going to escalate to a tragedy,” she said through tears Friday afternoon. “I don’t know. I don’t understand. This is senseless. Senseless.”

Hauser Mbacke and other neighbors tell FOX8 it was well-known the two families had an ongoing dispute about money over the past couple of months.

“Tension built up, verbal confrontations. To my knowledge as of yet there’d never been any physical altercations involved,” said Hauser Mbacke.

But now, she said things obviously, “Took a whole new turn.”

Hauser Mbacke explains she checked on all of the children through social services and the police and found out they are in good hands. “They are victims in all this, too,” she added.

In the meantime, Hauser Mbacke’s church, just a block away from the crime scene, is hoping to plan a vigil or some other way to help in this devastating situation. “I would like to see us all come to prayer. Pray for peace. We need to pray for peace because there’s so much tragedy. So much killing. So much hurt, so much anger.”