Suspect charged in Athens slaying

Man kills sister, wounds another sister and his mother, Athens police say
Athens-Clarke Detective Rebecca Croxton comforts an infant whose mother was shot to death Tuesday at the scene of a triple shooting at a home in southeastern Clarke County.

ATHENS, Ga. -- A man who killed his sister and wounded another sister and his mother Tuesday survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and is at a local hospital, Athens-Clarke police said today.


Police have charged Richard Norred, 28, with murder. 

They say he killed his sister, Leigh Pope, 29, and wounded his other sister, Amy Norred, 31, and his mother, Carol Norred, 63.

Norred then shot himself in the chest, police said. Police found him in a bathroom of the home at 138 Beaver Trail off Red Fox Run, and he was rushed to Athens Regional Medical Center.

Two children were in the house at the time of the shooting - Leigh Pope's 1-week-old daughter and Amy Norred's 4-year-old son. The children were not hurt, police said.

Police took out warrants charging Norred with murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault.

Investigators did not know the motive for the shootings, but police said Richard Norred has Asperger syndrome, a type of autism, and was prone to violent outbursts, though none were ever reported to authorities.

He lived with his parents at the home, which is in a rural part of southeastern Clarke County off Barnett Shoals Road.

At the home following the shooting Tuesday, Bill Norred hugged his son-in-law as people gathered near the home, while police searched for Richard Norred. Authorities did not immediately know whether he still was in the house. Members of the Athens-Clarke police Strategic Response Team, wearing combat helmets and vests and carrying automatic weapons, searched the home, while K-9 officers looked in nearby woods and a Georgia Bureau of Investigation helicopter hovered overhead.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office sent a K-9 unit to help.

Leigh Pope's killing is the first murder in Clarke County this year, but continues a disturbing trend from last year. In 2009, a record 10 people in Clarke County were killed because of domestic violence.

Amy Norred hid in a bathroom and called 911 about 1:20 p.m. to report her brother had shot her and other relatives, police said.



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