15-year-old 5th person to die in NC shootings

November 23, 2011 - 6:15 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A 15-year old girl shot by her boyfriend's mother died on Wednesday, raising the death toll from the woman's weekend shooting spree outside Greensboro to five. One other wounded child is on life support.

Makayla Leigh Woods died Wednesday afternoon, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said, three days after being shot by 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder, who also shot her two sons, nephew, niece and married ex-lover before killing herself.

Holder had been having an affair with Randall Lamb, 40, for almost four years, and it was coming to a bitter end Sunday when she arranged to meet him at a community college parking lot. Police say she shot him in the shoulder and he was expected to recover.

Holder then drove off to meet her 14-year-old son, Zachary Smith. Nearly half an hour after the 911 call from Lamb's wife, a sheriff's deputy spotted Holder's black SUV. Holder was found dead inside with a gunshot to the head, and Zachary was critically wounded in the back seat. Deputies found two handguns inside the vehicle, including one in Holder's lap, the sheriff said.

Officers found found her son, 17-year-old Robert Dylan Smith, dead, at Holder's home in the community of Pleasant Grove south of Greensboro. Woods and Holder's nephew, Richard Suttles, 17, were critically injured along with Holder's niece, Hannaleigh Suttles, 8. Hannaleigh died on Monday, followed a day later by Zachary Smith.

Richard Suttles remained on life support Wednesday, according to Barnes' chief deputy, Col. Randy Powers.

The victims appeared to have been shot while they slept in a bedroom and the home's living room, Powers said.

Police are continuing to investigate the case. An autopsy has been performed on Holder and police are waiting for the results of toxicology tests, but Powers said it initially appears there were no signs of drug use.

Holder, Lamb and his wife had spent months trading accusations of stalking and harassment in court documents. Lamb's wife had recently threatened to file an alienation of affection lawsuit against Holder, investigators said.

Despite that, and despite two notes left by Holder taking responsibility for the shootings, police say a definite motive is not yet clear.

"This will be the $64,000 question, because we don't have anyone alive who can answer it," Powers said. "A couple of theories have gone up in the air, but we really don't know yet."