ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A police chief says a man killed his girlfriend and turned his gun on her five children before killing himself.
Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper says Maurice Laron Garner attacked the family Wednesday night after arguing with his girlfriend at the hospital where she worked.
Hooper said 32-year-old Erica Nichelle Smith of Asheville was killed, as were her 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. A 10-year-old boy who was grazed by a bullet called 911. An 8-year-old and 12-year-old also had non-life threatening injuries.
The chief said Garner's body was found in a car nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hooper said it doesn't appear that Garner was the father of any of the children.