ATLANTA - Police said a local teacher was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend Saturday morning at her townhouse on Deerborne Court in southwest Atlanta. He then turned the gun on himself.
Police said the man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home by breaking the glass on the front door.
They said the man let the 3-year-old daughter he shared with her, and the teacher’s 15-year-old daughter, leave the house. Then he fatally shot their mother twice while she was in the doorway before shooting himself, they said.
Witnesses told Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach they saw a 15-year-old girl running with the 3-year-old in her arms, but did not know they were running from a killing scene.
“My kids came and woke me up and they informed me that they did see a little girl running with a baby,” a neighbor said.
Neighbors told Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes the victim is a special education science teacher at North Clayton High School. Her co-workers said they just celebrated her birthday on Friday. They said they had seen the car investigators were combing Saturday after the shooting in the neighborhood several times before.
They said they did not realize it belonged to the woman’s ex-boyfriend, until police told them it was his car and that he had been stalking her.
“I’ve seen that Charger before but I’ve never seen him inside because the windows are tinted but I have seen that vehicle here a few times,” a neighbor told Fernandes.
Fernandes spoke to the victim’s father off-camera. He said the victim’s mother does not know her daughter was killed yet because she is on a cruise.
The father said his daughter met her ex-boyfriend while she was in graduate school in New Orleans, which is where he is from.
Neighbors told Fernandes the teacher had a new boyfriend and they had seen him at the house.
They also said the father of her child, the man police say killed her, had a problem with it.
“Maybe he didn't want to let go of the relationship after she had already moved on to someone else,” the neighbor said.