BURKE COUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities are investigating a deadly Thursday shooting after the shooter claimed he fired in self-defense.

Deputies were called to Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Morganton around 1:20 a.m. Thursday morning. When they arrived, deputies found 46-year-old Vernon Eugene Dale dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Officials secured a search warrant for the mobile home and scene of the crime. They said they found three adults, including Dale, as well as two small children who were present at the time of the shooting.

"The person who admitted shooting Dale claimed the shooting was in self defense," the Burke County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.