Man dead at Lowe's was husband of worker

Wife had been working at store earlier in the day SANDUSKY The man found dead at Lowe's Home Improvement on Friday eve
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Wife had been working at store earlier in the day

SANDUSKY

The man found dead at Lowe's Home Improvement on Friday evening has been identified by Perkins police as the husband of a Lowe's employee.

Charles E. Gray, 43, Sandusky, was pronounced dead on the scene at Lowe's on Milan Road.

According to police reports, a Lowe's employee reported hearing "a loud cracking noise" come from the garden center. Another Lowe's employee discovered Gray while assisting a customer shortly after 5 p.m.

Lowe's employees immediately notified Perkins police, who found Gray on the ground with his back against a pile of mulch along the fence of the garden center.

Gray had a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his right hand with his finger on the trigger and one gunshot wound to the head. The fatal injury was apparently self-inflicted, police said.

The bullet was recovered by Perkins police in a bag of mulch just above were Gray was found.

A supervisor at Lowe's recognized him as the husband of a Lowe's employee; the supervisor had reportedly seen Charles Gray in the store on previous occasions. His wife, Denise M. Gray, was working at the store that day but not at the time of the incident.

According to a report filed with Sandusky police, Denise Gray called the station at 5:49 p.m. Friday to report her husband was suicidal and was missing from the hotel room where the couple was staying.

Perkins police went to the hotel where they found a note left by Charles Gray along with three .45-caliber clips and a holster.

The family of Charles Gray could not be reached for comment on Saturday.