NORCROSS - Police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for the shooting death of his girlfriend and the shooting of her two daughters, both of whom are expected to survive their injuries.
Guadalupe Vega Cisneros, 41, is believed to have used a handgun to shoot 41-year-old Nidia Arias-Acuna in her Norcross home Saturday morning, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.
The suspect then turned the gun on the her two daughters - one 21 and the other 13, Moloney said.
Arias-Acuna was pronounced dead at the scene, but the two daughters were transported to two area hospitals, Moloney said.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect, who was Arias-Acuna's live-in boyfriend, shot Arias-Acuna during an altercation about 3:30 a.m. at the home, located at 6502 Hillandale Drive, Moloney said.
Neither of the daughters saw their mother shot, but they heard the argument and the discharge of the handgun.
One of the daughters was able to call 911 after she had been shot.
The 21-year-old daughter, Stephanie Elizondro, was
transported to Gwinnett Medical Center.
The 13-year-old, whose name was not released, was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous and is believed to be driving a white 2003 Ford F-150 with Georgia plates.
Moloney said the suspect has no arrest record in Gwinnett and might be headed south toward Mexico. He is facing a charge of murder and other pending charges.
This incident brings the number of homicides in Gwinnett this year to 40, said Ted Bailey, chief forensic investigator with the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office.
The last record set in Gwinnett was in 2003 with 37, Bailey said.
There were 34 homicides in 2005 and 32 in 2004.
The Medical Examiner's Office records only go back to 1989, but Bailey said in a previous report that this year's number of homicides is more than likely the highest number ever.
Anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call Gwinnett 911.