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We don’t play the “if it bleeds it leads” game here at FITS. Maybe we should, but it generally isn’t our thing …

Still, when relevant, independently-confirmed information comes our way we publish it … like the reported “back story” behind an apparent double homicide that occurred Friday afternoon in the ritzy Ascot Estates subdivision of suburban Columbia, S.C.

There, Novartis Pharmaceutical representative Tammy Parker, 44, was found dead in an upstairs office in her home. Meanwhile 46-year-old Bryan Capnerhurst, described in media reports as an “acquaintance of the family” was found dead in a storage area adjacent to the office.

Both died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

So … what happened?

According to our sources, Tammy Parker was shot and killed by Capnerhurst, who was then shot and killed by her husband, Brett Parker. In fact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) initially told local media that the twin shootings were the result of an attempted robbery – and that Parker had shot the intruder with a gun kept in his safe.

But is that really what happened?

No … (cue Dateline NBC theme music). According to our sources, the shooting began after a heated business-related argument erupted inside the house.

“Brett argued with the other guy, the guy (shot) Tammy, then Brett shot the guy,” one of our sources explains.

Okay. Badda bing, badda boom. We get that … but why? What was this “business-related” argument about? If it wasn’t a robbery, what prompted the bloodshed?

According to our sources, “there was a dispute between Brett and the guy who was either a client or worked for Brett.”

And what is Brett Parker’s business?

He’s a bookie, allegedly. In fact according to multiple sources familiar with South Carolina’s underground gambling industry, Parker is a very successful bookie … which is one reason why he and his wife were able to afford a $760,000 home.

Needless to say we will be keeping our ears to the ground in the event any additional information becomes available regarding this shooting.

If gambling is a component, though, it will be the second Midlands, S.C. death in as many months with such a connection. In February, prominent State House lobbyist Tom Sponseller allegedly committed suicide after several hundred thousand dollars turned up missing from the association he represented. That money is allegedly linked to gambling debts. although its unclear whether those debts were tied back to Sponseller or one of the association’s former employees.

As of two weeks ago, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said the investigation into the association’s missing money was ongoing.

UPDATE: Sources tell FITS that the incident involving Capnerhurst and the Parkers may be tied to a medical supply company that Brett Parker and Capnerhurst formed in an effort to legitimize their business dealings.