Toll of Guilford County Murder-Suicide Rises To Four

A North Carolina woman's weekend rampage through her family has claimed the life of her second son.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said Tuesday 14-year-old Zachary Lee Smith died late Monday after being shot by his mother.

Authorities say 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder killed herself after shooting her two sons and three other children in the head. The sheriff's department says Holder's nephew and her older son's girlfriend remain in critical condition.

Holder also shot her married former lover when they met early Sunday. Forty-year-old Randal Lamb was in stable condition after being shot in the shoulder.

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An 8-year-old girl is the second murder victim of a woman who killed her son, left three other children fighting for life and shot her ex-boyfriend in a bitter love triangle.

Guilford County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Powers said Monday that 8-year-old Hannaleigh Suttles died of the head wound she suffered in the mass shootings Sunday at her home. Suttles was one of two children 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder took in last spring when her sister died.

Sheriff BJ Barnes said Holder left notes taking responsibility for the shootings before shooting herself to death. Authorities say besides killing Suttles and her son 17-year-old Robert Dylan Smith, Holder also shot her nephew, her younger son, and Dylan's girlfriend in the head.


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Authorities in North Carolina say a woman angry over an affair that ended bitterly shot her boyfriend in a parking lot near Greensboro, then shot five more people before killing herself.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said Monday the gunwoman, 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder, is dead, along with her 17-year-old son. Her boyfriend, another son, his girlfriend, a niece and a nephew were all wounded. Four of them remain in critical condition.

Barnes says Holder confronted her boyfriend just before 9 a.m. and shot him in the shoulder. An hour later, deputies found Holder and she shot herself and one of her sons. Investigators at Holder's home then discovered the other four victims.

Barnes says Holder left behind two notes admitting to the shootings and apologizing for her actions


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Guilford County deputies plan to release more information about a woman who killed one person and wounded five others near Greensboro before turning the gun on herself.

Sheriff BJ Barnes said the shootings Sunday morning near Pleasant Garden appear to be a domestic incident.

Barnes says the shootings happened in three different places and four of the victims are younger than 18.

The sheriff said that as of Sunday afternoon, three of the injured were on life support.

Barnes says he expects to release more information about the shootings at a news conference Monday morning.


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