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Child finds mother's body in bedroom, stepfather suspected in shooting

Posted July 21

— Police are searching for a man accused of fatally shooting his wife at the family's home in Gwinnett County on Thursday.

The shooting happened at a home on Medlock Park Drive in unincorporated Snellville.

Police say the 12-year-old son of the victim made the gruesome discovery around midnight. Police say the shooting may have happened between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Erica Powell.

"We know that something happened between the two. What exactly they were arguing about, we still don't know at this time," said Michele Pihera, Gwinnett County Police Public Information Officer. "We'd like to interview him, and we'd also like to interview all the children of hers so we can get some sort of background or history."

The suspect, who is also the child's stepfather, is still being sought by police. He has been identified as 51-year-old Water Lowe. He is believed to be traveling in a black 2001 Ford Expedition with the Georgia license tag of RGJ 8749.

Lowe has active warrants for aggravated assault, felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

If you have any information on the shooting or Lowe's whereabouts, you're urged to contact Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5209.


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