By Calvin Palmer
Police arrested a man this morning in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in a suburb of Atlanta.
Richard Ringold, 44, was arrested when he returned to the crime scene in the Claridge Crossing subdivision near Lawrenceville. A warrant for his arrest was issued last night.
Ringold has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. He is being held at Gwinnett County jail.
Gwinnett Police say he fatally shot two women, a man and an 11-year-old girl. He also injured a four-year-old girl. It is believed he lived at the house and was the boyfriend of one of the women killed.
The victims have been identified as Atania Butler, 28; her 11-year-old daughter; 19-year-old Rico Zimmerman; and Lakeisha Parker, 30. The name of the 11-year-old and her four-year-old sister are being withheld.
Police were called to the house around 8:40 p.m. yesterday and the door was answered by the four-year-old girl. Her shirt was soaked in blood and she told officers her family was dead, according to a neighbor.
The girl was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, and underwent surgery for gunshot wounds.
One woman did manage to escape the carnage and call 911.
Police are still investigating the motive and circumstances.