Witnesses react to deadly Walmart shooting

Apr 22, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WBOY-TV

A man shot a woman several times in the parking lot of the Morgantown Walmart around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

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KIM JOHNSON LANHAM

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A special fund is in the process of being set up IN MEMORY AND HONOR OF SHANNON LYNN STAFFORD. If you would like to donate, donations may be made at any Clear Mountain Bank location beginning Monday afternoon. All proceeds collected will be used for funeral expenses for Shannon. We all appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that you are providing for Shannon’s family and friends. God Bless.

The Times West Virginian
April 22, 2012
Police: Domestic situation ends in death
Shannon Lynn Stafford allegedly shot to death by estranged father-in-law at Morgantown Walmart

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A domestic situation stretching across county lines ended with the death of a woman who was allegedly shot by her estranged father-in-law in the parking lot of the University Avenue Walmart in Monongalia County.

At around 9 a.m. Saturday, Shannon Lynn Stafford, 29, also known as Shannon Mitchell, was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot. Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said investigators believe she was meeting a family member there.

A post on Stafford’s Facebook page indicated she didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary to happen on her trip.

“(Shannon Lynn Stafford) is finishing laundry while watching the ANT FARM, I love the Disney Channel. So excited going to pick up Faith in the morning, then have to be at home by noon for the DIRECTV guy. Might be an all day thing, they said between noon and five; Ready to pick up my princess tom, so super excited. Getting laundry done and then going to go to bed early. night facebook.” This was her last post, about 12 hours before her death.

Clear Mountain Bank - 160 Morgantown Street, Bruceton Mills, WV.
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That is a damn shame. R.I.P. nobody deserves that.
Bubb

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Neil wrote:
That is a damn shame. R.I.P. nobody deserves that.
Actually, that was her last status update, but her last post on Facebook was to her sister Crystal, who's newborn daughter has to get surgery in a few weeks and was feeling sad. This was about 2 hours before she was murdered, going to pickup her daughter faith. Here it is->

Crystal Martin
April 20 via mobile
Cry :(

Shannon Lynn Stafford Cheer up buttercup:) I LOVE YOU:)
April 21 at 6:56am
Lisa Carr Mount Airy MD

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Shame on CPS for not removing that child from the father's custody. He paraded that child in the parking lot that her mother was shot. And why would they not set up a supervised location for the drop off and pick up of the child. In Maryland there are centers designed for that to keep the parents and children safe. Shame on the court system in WV for not taking this volital situation more seriously. As a result a beatiful, loving mother is dead and a young child has lost her mother.
Shaking My Head at the disgrace!! Everyone involved in this situation should be ashamed and I hope they wear the guilt of not taking it serious.
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Lisa Carr Mount Airy MD wrote:
Shame on CPS for not removing that child from the father's custody. He paraded that child in the parking lot that her mother was shot. And why would they not set up a supervised location for the drop off and pick up of the child. In Maryland there are centers designed for that to keep the parents and children safe. Shame on the court system in WV for not taking this volital situation more seriously. As a result a beatiful, loving mother is dead and a young child has lost her mother.
Shaking My Head at the disgrace!! Everyone involved in this situation should be ashamed and I hope they wear the guilt of not taking it serious.
There was no reason to have a supervised pick up, from what I know. She was just supposed to meet him and they were going to exchange the little girl. From what I know Shannon hasnt been around much if any for 2 years. I don't know much more than that. I don't think anyone was expecting Larry to do such a thing, not even his son. I don't know the deceased girl but I know someone close to the situation and from what I've been told this was supposed to be a friendly exchange. Now his son, the little girl's father, is a good father. While i understand Miss Stafford's family's concerns and wanting to remove her from her father's care he has been the only parent she has known and i absolutely believe it would be unconcianable for CPS to take her, right now at least. This situation is very sad and I am deeply sorry for the lose of such a beautiful young woman whose life was taken way too early.
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Shannon was a wonderful mother! She was scared!!!! Scared beyond belief of Sandra Nathan and Larry . That is the only reason why she did not have faith . Until you walk a mile in her shoes and know what those three are like you can not judge her! CPS will see the light and allowing faith to stay with those monsters is impacting her horribly. The last thing faith seen was her mother covered in blood! Screw Nathan is a ball less coward who will get what he deserves in the end god knows!
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There was no reason to have a supervised pick up, from what I know. She was just supposed to meet him and they were going to exchange the little girl. From what I know Shannon hasnt been around much if any for 2 years. I don't know much more than that. I don't think anyone was expecting Larry to do such a thing, not even his son. I don't know the deceased girl but I know someone close to the situation and from what I've been told this was supposed to be a friendly exchange. Now his son, the little girl's father, is a good father. While i understand Miss Stafford's family's concerns and wanting to remove her from her father's care he has been the only parent she has known and i absolutely believe it would be unconcianable for CPS to take her, right now at least. This situation is very sad and I am deeply sorry for the lose of such a beautiful young woman whose life was taken way too early.
So you are basing your opinion off of one side of the story instead of both sides..you are saying that taking a child away from its mother makes him a good father ir allowing the child to witness her mother being shot to death and then parading her around like she is a trophy while her mom lays there dead is a good father? Seriously...id hate to see your definition of a bad father..wake up lady..how in the hell would the father in law know when and where they were meeting if the son hadn't told him..it cracks me up that a select few thinks this tragedy is justifiable..
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There was no reason to have a supervised pick up, from what I know. She was just supposed to meet him and they were going to exchange the little girl. From what I know Shannon hasnt been around much if any for 2 years. I don't know much more than that. I don't think anyone was expecting Larry to do such a thing, not even his son. I don't know the deceased girl but I know someone close to the situation and from what I've been told this was supposed to be a friendly exchange. Now his son, the little girl's father, is a good father. While i understand Miss Stafford's family's concerns and wanting to remove her from her father's care he has been the only parent she has known and i absolutely believe it would be unconcianable for CPS to take her, right now at least. This situation is very sad and I am deeply sorry for the lose of such a beautiful young woman whose life was taken way too early.
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Must be blind and stupid !!
Yall I am neither blind nor stupid I said several times that my opinion was from what I know about the situation and like I said I did not know miss stafford she may have been a wonderful person, i dont know. But i know from experience that taking her from him especially right now when it aint even known if he had anything to do with it is not a good idea. I seen somethig similar with a friend and it ended up absolutely destroying her. i know the son and from what i've seen he is a good father. I dont know his parents though so I cant attest to what they are like. Oh and of course his father would have known where they were meeting for the exchange i know i would've told my parents or even have taken them with me if it were me. And as for him parading her around, I wasnt there when it happened so I dont know i that actually happened so I aint basing anything off that.
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Anne, I will sure pray for you!!!! Look at how many people love Shannon, she was a wonderful person. I do not personally know her but I do know Nathan and how he treats women. Anne, did you know that it is on Walmart cameras that Nathan was parading Faith around her mom's deceased body? Cameras DON'T lie!!!!! Is that what a good father is? Laughing while everyone else is crying? He was married to this woman. He was supposed to "love" her. He had a child with her. Even if they were disagreeing, how could someone be so HEARTLESS to someone they used to love?? HOW CAN HE LOOK AT FAITH & SEE SHANNON & FEEL FINE ????? Because he is a monster. He should be behind bars with that sick murderer. He is just as BAD! CPS NEEDS to take this child IMMEDIATLY. IT IS IN HER BEST INTEREST YOU IDIOT. Nathan wanted Shannon dead. No remorse? Yeah, he has no business taking care of a child. I do believe you are blind and STUPID. Who is to say that when Faith is older and disobeys him, he wont choke her out too??? Anne I will pray for you!!!!!!!!!! You SURE need it.
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Anne, did you know that it is on Walmart cameras that Nathan was parading Faith around her mom's deceased body?
What's the big deal? My daddy used to take me to parades all the time.
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Beavis, U R AN IDIOT......bet your parades didn't involve being paraded around your dead mother....
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Beavis, U R AN IDIOT......bet your parades didn't involve being paraded around your dead mother....
No, but that's because my mother never tried to take me away from my dad.
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Are you trying to justify murder? You really are ignorant. You know that they can trace your IP address, right? And I can bet who they will trace it to.
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REALLY, BEAVIS?!?!?! So, Murdering Shannon is really okay with you???? What kind of disgusting person are you???? Hope you enjoy the cell next to Larry!! You deserve each other!
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I have requested that a copy of all comments along with the IP address that they came from be forwarded to the Morgantown police department regarding the Shannon Stafford murder case.
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I did as well!!!
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There was no reason to have a supervised pick up, from what I know. She was just supposed to meet him and they were going to exchange the little girl. From what I know Shannon hasnt been around much if any for 2 years. I don't know much more than that. I don't think anyone was expecting Larry to do such a thing, not even his son. I don't know the deceased girl but I know someone close to the situation and from what I've been told this was supposed to be a friendly exchange. Now his son, the little girl's father, is a good father. While i understand Miss Stafford's family's concerns and wanting to remove her from her father's care he has been the only parent she has known and i absolutely believe it would be unconcianable for CPS to take her, right now at least. This situation is very sad and I am deeply sorry for the lose of such a beautiful young woman whose life was taken way too early.
I am a cousin to Shannon through her foster parents. According to them all, Shannon was showing up for supervised outings w/ Faith every week the whole time (supervised by her foster mom). And according to my aunt, her foster mom, my aunt was even shown abuse towards her by the Mitchel's. According to my family, Shannon was being abused by the Mitchel's and that's why she was getting a divorce. But she was in constant contact and keeping every bit of her supervised visitation to the letter T and that's why she was finally being granted unsupervised visitation was because she was staying in Faith's life and also because the Mitchel's kept threatening her and my aunt, and there was proof of it. I know you are only saying what you have been told but as everyone knows there are two sides to every story, and there are plenty of evidence showing that Shannon was in her daughter's life the whole time and also proof that Shannon was NEVER abusing her daughter and that's why the Mitchel's was losing full custody and was having to finally share unsupervised visitation.
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No, but that's because my mother never tried to take me away from my dad.
Mr. Nathan you picked a good name considering you are nothing but a BUTTHEAD. That's why your mouth and nose is so stuffed w/ crap. And we are all looking forward to the cops getting your replies and tracing it back to you through your IP Address. I noticed you suddenly went quiet after being told that your IP Address can be traced, but I guarantee you that you are still reading and just wanted to let you know that when all tips are finished following through w/ the cops and prosecutors you will also be in prison having a big muscular guy showing you how little crap is still left in your butt because you are so good at smearing your own stuff all over your own face. You can try and say your daddy is just in jail, but everyone knows that first degree premeditated murderers land in a prison when all is finally done in court and so does the accessories to first degree murder which means you will be sitting in there right w/ your daddy. You might as well get use to being another guy's slave because that's what you will be since your nothing but a useless coward and that's what cowards get.
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Mr. Nathan you picked a good name considering you are nothing but a BUTTHEAD. That's why your mouth and nose is so stuffed w/ crap. And we are all looking forward to the cops getting your replies and tracing it back to you through your IP Address. I noticed you suddenly went quiet after being told that your IP Address can be traced, but I guarantee you that you are still reading and just wanted to let you know that when all tips are finished following through w/ the cops and prosecutors you will also be in prison having a big muscular guy showing you how little crap is still left in your butt because you are so good at smearing your own stuff all over your own face. You can try and say your daddy is just in jail, but everyone knows that first degree premeditated murderers land in a prison when all is finally done in court and so does the accessories to first degree murder which means you will be sitting in there right w/ your daddy. You might as well get use to being another guy's slave because that's what you will be since your nothing but a useless coward and that's what cowards get.
And Your Mother will be sitting there too!!!!!

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