The Douglas County Sheriff’s department has identified a man and a woman, found fatally shot in their Lake Cunningham-area home Monday. They are 35-year-old Carlos Johnson and 29-year-old Corina Barry.
They have not said who the shooter was, but say they are not looking for suspects. More information is expected after autopsies Tuesday.
Investigators found the couple's bodies in the bedroom of house near 78th and Morris Street, after a call from Barry's co-workers to check on her well-being. She hadn't shown up for her shift at Lincoln Financial, according to a friend.
Around the same time, Johnson's co-workers at Omaha Steaks had grown concerned. Mark Sandquist said, "They had some arguments and she had told him that she wanted him to leave."
Johnson, he said, had been trying to win Barry back. Sandquist said Barry had not given Johnson a time-line for leaving the house. He said her job had taken her out-of-town, to Atlanta, with another trip there planned in September.
"And he thought that maybe she was gonna move there. There's been numerous things gone through his mind," said Sandquist.
By all accounts, the couple had been dating for nine years, even engaged at one point. Just two years into their relationship, in 2003, Johnson was convicted of assault and battery. Barry was the victim.
Barry was apparently ready to walk away, said Sandquist. "When we got word that she also wasn't at work and didn't call, that's when it pretty much dawned on us that something bad happened," he said.
They were aware, Sandquist said, that both Johnson and his girlfriend owned guns. "He had a gun when they lived in an apartment and he had altercations with somebody in the apartment. He wanted protection."
Neighbors tell Channel 6 News they never thought anyone in their area would need that kind of protection. "I'm shocked. I'm just shocked. I can't believe that would happen," said Michelle Burianek.
"They were quiet, and like I said nothing out of the ordinary as far as I saw," said Sarah Burns.
A sliding door to the backyard was open when investigators arrived at the house around 12:15 p.m. Monday. Deputies say they believe the two were shot around 10 p.m. Sunday.
"It's possible, we're getting some information that could have been when it happened," said Lt. Mark Gentile. "But the investigation is still in the early stages."