4 shot, 3 dead as police search for Gwinnett County shooter - CBS46 News

4 shot, 3 dead as police search for Gwinnett County shooter

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Victim: Angelina Benton, 34, Victim: Angelina Benton, 34,
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Gwinnett County police said three people were fatally shot and another person was injured after a  gunman went on a rampage inside a Snellville home.

Angelina Benton, 34, her son, Joseph McDonald, 12, and 19-year-old family friend Raynard Daniel were killed in the shooting.

Justin Cato, 23, who is Benton's boyfriend, survived the shooting.

"Our shooting victim, Mr. Cato, who survived, was outside, and Ms. Benton was discovered outside deceased," said Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith.

Police said Benton allowed the suspect, Robert Bell, 33, and his wife to move into their home because they had nowhere to live.

"We're not sure what provoked this or caused him [Bell] to act this way. It seems it just came out of the blue," said Smith.

Some sort of altercation started the shooting, according to police.

The shooting took place on Anderson Livsey Lane at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police found Bell's truck in the driveway.

"We suspect he intended to drive it away from there, but his keys were located elsewhere as if he dropped the keys and was forced to walk away on foot," said Smith. "What we suspect is the murder weapon was also found inside the vehicle. It was some manner of assault rifle."

A neighbor, who would only identify herself as Meg, said she was stunned to hear that one of her own neighbors is dead.

"I'm really surprised - I didn't think this would happen down here, because I remember this neighborhood a long time ago. It wasn't like this," Meg said. "It was just a family neighborhood. Now it's kind of different."

Police are still searching for Bell. Bell's wife, Danielle Hill-Bell, contacted detectives Monday.

Robert Bell has active warrants for three counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault.

Benton's sister, Laketha Clark, said the two were getting ready to celebrate.

"I just got her a job and we were going to be working together. We're supposed to celebrate our birthdays next week, but we won't be celebrating now," said Clark as she wiped away tears.

Anyone with information should please contact homicide unit detectives at 770-513-5300.

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