STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (CBS46) – Police in unincorporated Stone Mountain are investigating a triple murder-suicide.
Officers said the shootings happened Tuesday on Isle Royal Court just after 9 p.m.
“All of a sudden we heard some gunshots, and next thing I know it went like pow, pow, pow and it paused for like two minutes then it went pow, pow, pow, pow again!” neighbor Phlendetha Grier said.
The victims are Whitney Nolbert, 33, Lanisha Mitchell, 28, and Daniel Price, 40, of Michigan. Investigators said after the shootings the gunman, Howard Jackson, 62, committed suicide two miles away.
Daniel Price's mother Anita said she and her son were visiting her daughter. She said they were planning to leave Wednesday. Over some with emotion, she could barely find the strength to tell her son's story.
"We were in the house and we heard gun shots. We heard pow, pow and then pow, pow, pow, pow," Price said. "So, I came outside and I started screaming Daniel, Danie, Daniel."
Daniel, 40, did not respond. He was shot and killed while visiting with two women living next door to his sister on Isle Royal Court.
"He went over to talk to the young lady next door and he got caught in the cross fie," added Price.
Police said Howard Jackson was there and got into an argument with the others. He then pulled out a gun and fired several shots, killing Price and the two women.
"I just want my daughter to know that nobody would ever, ever, ever blame. Never. No one could have known this would happen," said Price.
A CBS46 investigation found that Jackson had a criminal record. He was charged with simple battery and making terroristic threats years earlier. And moment after the killings, Jackson committed suicide. The timing of this tragic incident couldn't be worse for a mother who lost her son.
"We were going to leave Friday," Price said.
Click here if you would like to help the Price family with funeral expenses. They told CBS46 News they are trying to raise money to get Price’s body back to Michigan.