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Third victim in Guilford County shootings dies

Posted November 22, 2011

— 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.


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  • wildcat Nov 23, 2011

    Is it possible he did this but wants it to look like she did to make her go away? 1KidMom

    No sweetie, she did it all by herself. The evidence speaks for itself. Pray for he only surviving daughter. She will need that and more in the coming days.

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2011

    why are we so sure that she did it? I hope the police are looking into this a little more than is indicated.

    I guess you did not realize that she was found with the gun beside of her after taking her life by suicide and before that killing her own son. The proof if there.

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2011

    Would someone tell me what happened to the ignore feature WRAL had before they did away with golo and made other changes.

    Excuse me, the wife did play a major role for her husband would not have sought have this single woman if the wife had done her marital duties as a wife. Not speaking of itimacy either.

  • wildcat Nov 23, 2011

    you have NO IDEA what you may or may not do....dollibug

    Hopefully that will never happen. I do hope I will listen and get the help I need. This lady failed to do just that...get help. It was there.

  • chattycat Nov 23, 2011

    Somehow blaming a victim doesn't appeal to most of us. Would someone tell me what happened to the ignore feature WRAL had before they did away with golo and made other changes.itsmyownopinion

    Wish I knew what happened to it too. Just ignore Wildcat, same sermons for every story.

  • dollibug Nov 22, 2011

    Until you have walked in the footsteps of another have NO IDEA what you may or may not do.....our minds does strange things which it is not quite right....GOD bless the family and friends of the ones involved here.

  • ugottabkiddinme Nov 22, 2011

    it's a shame that her lack of morals, sleeping with a married man, took her down this road touched so many innocent people. For all you who want to play the blame game, talking about taking away peoples right to bear arms, you should be more worried about what makes people end up in these situations. Guns don't kill people, people kill people and will find other ways to do it if they don't own a gun.

  • ksh33 Nov 22, 2011

    what handsome young men......this is senseless and so sad!

  • annemarek Nov 22, 2011

    No ones knows what another person is going through . This is a sad story all the way around

  • ctm20002 Nov 22, 2011

    To the people that continue to talk about the NRA and the "legal gunowners" what is your problem? If you choose not to have a gun, then don't have one but leave us "legal gunowners" alone. I don't go around shooting people but I have one for protection. It's my right. Deal with it!