Third victim in Guilford County shootings dies
Posted November 22, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A 14-year-old boy shot in the head by his mother in a shooting spree Sunday near Greensboro has died, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Zachary Lee Smith passed away at approximately 7:45 p.m. Monday, a day after his mother, Mary Ann Holder, apparently shot six other people before fatally shooting herself.
Holder's 17-year-old son, Robert Dylan Smith, died Sunday morning, and her 8-year-old niece, Hannaleigh Suttles, died Monday afternoon.
Two other people – Holder's nephew, Richard Brian Suttles, 17, and Makayla Leigh Woods, a 15-year-old girlfriend of one of the sons – were on life support at a Greensboro hospital Monday afternoon. Their conditions weren't available Tuesday.
Investigators said Holder left notes taking responsibility for and apologizing for the shootings but offered no motive.
From a preliminary investigation, Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes said at a news conference Monday that the shootings appeared to stem from a domestic situation that "got out of hand."
Sometime before 9 a.m. Sunday, Holder shot her former lover, Randal Scott Lamb, in the shoulder in a parking lot at Guilford Technical Community College, where he had been getting off work.
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.
After shooting Lamb, it appeared that Holder then went to pick up Zachary Smith from the home of a friend, where he had spent the night.
A deputy found the two inside an SUV near their home shortly after Lamb's shooting, Barnes said. Holder had killed herself, and her son had been shot in the head.
When investigators went to her home, they found Robert Smith dead and her niece, nephew and Woods shot in the head.
Lamb was in stable condition Monday afternoon, authorities said.