South East Wales

Newport shooting: Neighbour tells of 'heated exchange'

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Media captionArmed officers went to Seabreeze Avenue on Thursday morning after reports of gunshots

A neighbour has told how a couple at the centre of a shooting in Newport had had a "heated exchange" at their marital home, six miles away, in July.

Caroline Parry, 46, died and a man, 49, remains critically ill in hospital.

Armed officers went to Seabreeze Avenue on Thursday morning after reports of gunshots. The estranged couple was found lying injured in the road.

Their relationship problems had been known to Gwent Police and the IPCC is investigating.

The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) confirmed it had an inquiry into police contact with the estranged couple before the shooting - which is being investigated by the Gwent force.

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Media captionSam Williams describes the scene he found moments after hearing shots

It is understood Mrs Parry, who was a mother, had recently moved out of her home in Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran and was living in Newport.

Neighbours in Croesyceiliog said the couple had not been seen together for about a month.

A neighbour who did not want to be named said: "They were having quite a heated exchange on the doorstep (in July) but I didn't really hear much of what it was about."

"They seemed a perfectly normal couple. I've seen them go past walking their dog and they'd say hello," the neighbour added.

She told how on Thursday she saw police officers arrive at the couple's house in Croesyceiliog shortly after the shooting in Newport.

Image caption Armed police were called to the scene after reports of gunshots

She said: "Forensics arrived a bit later and police were coming back and forth. About 6pm a riot van turned up with a bolt cutter. They left at about 11.30pm with a few full bags.

"It's such a shock."

On Thursday, Gwent Police's armed officers were called to Seabreeze Avenue at 08:45 BST where Mrs Parry and the man were found with serious injuries.

Both were taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where Mrs Parry later died.

Image caption Vehicle transporter trucks removed two cars from Seabreeze Avenue on Thursday evening

The man underwent surgery and remains in a critical but stable condition.

People living near the scene described how they had heard gunshots and had seen the two people lying injured on the road.

Police have described the shooting as "tragic" and are still trying to establish exactly what happened.

"While I am limited as to what I can say about the people involved, what I can say is it is known that they had previously been in a relationship which had come to the attention of police," said Ch Insp Huw Nicholas of Gwent Police on Thursday.

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