CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As soon as she heard the gunshots Sunday night, Andrea Holcomb said she knew who the shooter was.
"I heard the screen door slam. I heard a bunch of shots and Mikey say, 'Oh s---,'" said Holcomb, Michael Cassell's sister-in-law.
Cassell, 36, was shot multiple times inside the bedroom of his home at 926 Red Oak St. by Patrick Price, 34, of Randolph Street, police said at a news conference Monday morning.
Price then shot himself, police said.
At the time of the shooting, Holcomb was in the house with her sister, Erin, 29, who was Cassell's wife, and Erin's 11-year-old daughter. They were able to escape the house and call for help.
"Mikey had his coat on, he was getting ready to go to the store," Holcomb recalled, while standing on the porch of the house where the shooting had occurred hours earlier.
The shooting happened at 9:34 p.m. Sunday, police said. Both men were dead when police got to the scene minutes later.
Charleston Police Department Lt. Steve Cooper said the incident could be characterized as a home invasion, even though Price and Cassell knew each other. No drugs or alcohol were found at the scene, he said.
"It was definitely not random," Cooper said. "The suspect in this case was specifically targeted."
Still, Cooper did not specify a motive Monday.
Cassell was targeted for trying to protect Price's 14-year-old daughter, Holcomb said through tears.
"We were trying to help the little girl," she said. "Mikey was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he'd be glad it was him and not any of us."
According to Holcomb, Price's daughter often visited the house on Red Oak Street, as she is a friend of Cassell's stepdaughter.
"We got close and she opened up about her dad abusing her," Holcomb said. "I was a victim of abuse myself, so we all were scared for her."