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8-year-old victim in Greensboro shooting spree dies

Posted November 21, 2011
Updated November 22, 2011

— Guilford County authorities said Monday that an 8-year-old girl wounded by her aunt in a Sunday morning shooting spree has died.

Hannaleigh Suttles was one of six people whom Mary Ann Holder, 36, of Greensboro, apparently shot before killing herself, authorities said.

Three victims remained on life support Monday evening, including Hannaleigh’s brother and Holder's 14-year-old son. Her 17-year-old son died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Sheriff B.J. Barnes said Monday that Holder left several notes taking responsibility for and apologizing for the crimes, but investigators still don't have a motive.

"The notes didn't really explain why she did what she did," Barnes said at a news conference Monday morning, adding that it appeared they stemmed from a domestic situation that "got out of hand."

Barnes said the investigation began around 9 a.m. Sunday morning when a woman called 911 reporting that Holder, her husband's former girlfriend, shot him in the parking lot of Guilford Technical Community College.

A short time later, deputies looking for Holder found her and her 14-year-old son, Zachary Lee Smith, inside an SUV near their home. Holder had shot and killed herself; Smith had been shot in the head.

Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes Three dead, four injured in Guilford shootings

When investigators went to Holder's home, they found her 17-year-old son, Robert Dylan Smith, dead. Three others –Hannaleigh, Holder's 17-year-old nephew, Richard Brian Suttles, and Makayla Leigh Woods, a 15-year-old girlfriend of one of the sons – had each been shot in the head.

Zachary Smith, Richard Suttles and Woods were listed in critical condition at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon, Barnes said.

Holder's ex-boyfriend, Randal Scott Lamb, 40, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in stable condition.

"I don't know what to make of it. It's awful," Holder's neighbor, Teresa Scott, said, adding that she never thought Holder was capable of such a crime.

"She didn't socialize with us neighbors," she said. "I don't know what happened to the woman."

A memorial now sits on the front lawn of the Holder house, where Scott and her husband, Joe Scott, said they watched the children play on a tire swing.

"It's beyond my imagination that a mother would – good children such as they were – that she would do any harm to precious children," Joe Scott said.

Barnes said Holder and Lamb had been involved in an affair that had ended and that Holder had taken out a restraining order against Lamb and his wife but that the order had expired. Lamb's wife had also filed an alienation of affection lawsuit against Holder, he said.

Investigators found two notes at Holder's home and also recovered two handguns, he said.

"This is one of the worst situations that I have seen in my more-than 30 years in law enforcement," said Barnes, who has been Guilford's sheriff since 1995. "This is a situation where we’ve got death. We’ve got drama. We’ve got a situation basically that no one could ever imagine would happen here in Guilford County.

"This is the type of thing that you read about and hear about coming from California or New York or some place like that, but it's right here," he continued.

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  • Lamborghini Mercy Nov 29, 2011

    Classified As far as having 1 or 2 seconds to respond, I’ll take my chances.

    Again with you irrational thinking, what if you were one of the 8,14,15,or 17 year olds.. Chances are you WOULD NOT have a gun.

  • Sunshine4u Nov 22, 2011

    That sheriff needs to get his head out of the sand. Saying things like "This is the type of thing that you read about and hear about coming from California or New York or some place like that, but it's right here," is ignorant because this garbage happens everywhere. This is a society of chickens who don't take responsibility for themselves so they take everyone around them out. Sad.

  • Red Green Nov 22, 2011

    iceblue200404: If your comments are, as you say, based on a perfect world then I guess that they really have no relevance. But after reviewing your previous posts I believe that wasn’t your point at all. As far as having 1 or 2 seconds to respond, I’ll take my chances. Best of luck finding your perfect world. Wyatt

  • Lamborghini Mercy Nov 22, 2011

    Classified: My point is in a perfect world if no one had guns, there would be no reason for you to need a gun. As long as there are guns in the streets then sure, protect yourself, but understand tragic stories like this will continue as well. And being armed or having a gun still does not protect you from being shot if you only have 1-2 seconds to respond, but then again I'm talking to Wyatt Earp.

  • Red Green Nov 22, 2011

    "Well the only people who need guns are those that are enforcing the laws of the US Constitution and States. If the rest of the citizens did not have guns we wouldn't be having this discussion right now and those kids would be alive." -
    iceblue200404

    That takes 1st place as the most moronic thing that i've heard in a long time. I hope nobody ever has to depend on you for protection. What will you do, patiently wait for an official to enforce the laws of the US Constitution and States. Give me a break.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Nov 22, 2011

    Classified: Suppose this was a firearm taken from someone else. How would your stricter regulations prevented this?

    Well the only people who need guns are those that are enforcing the laws of the US Constitution and States. If the rest of the citizens did not have guns we wouldn't be having this discussion right now and those kids would be alive.

  • dianebearden Nov 22, 2011

    What a sad sad story. I see another innocent child has died. My condolence to the families of these innocent children.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 22, 2011

    "I hope the police are able to get to the bottom of it, reveal the truth, & punish whomever is responsible" jacamillo
    November 22, 2011 11:10 a.m.
    ...from the new story, it sound like they have and the person who responsible is no long among the living.

  • shemontay Nov 22, 2011

    this is one of the saddest things i've heard in a long time.. God bless the families involved..i know its hard anytime this happens but especially this time of year. no one has said anything about any other relatives or the parents of the girlfriend in the stories online.

  • BubbaDuke Nov 22, 2011

    I don't understand the shooting in the head for each victim. Once the first person was shot, the rest should have run for their lives. Once the trigger is pulled, the killing doesn't stop until the gun is out of ammo or someone takes out the shooter.

    This is what happens when people do what they want instead of doing what is right. If the guy cheats on his wife, won't he cheat on his mistress? What kind of woman wants a man like that? This isn't about love, it's about selfish lust.

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