LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have identified the shooter in a Nov. 10 murder-suicide involving a Sugar Hill couple.
Justin Keith Peacock, 27, shot 29-year-old Angel Welch and then turned the gun on himself, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Police found Peacock and Welch shot to death in a dark blue SUV backed into the driveway of their home at 5745 Stephens Mill Drive, Moloney said.
Moloney said Peacock fired one shot at Welch and one at himself.
Multiple 911 calls were made about 8 p.m. when the shots were heard, Moloney said.
One of the calls was made by the parents of a friend of the unmarried couple's 6-year-old son, who ran to their house for help, Moloney said.
The boy had been inside the SUV with his parents, but Moloney could not say how much of the incident the child witnessed.
Welch's 14-year-old daughter was not home at the time of the shooting, Moloney said.
Moloney said both children are now in the care of Welch's family.
As for the couple's history, both were in violation of protective orders against each other by being together that night, said Stacey Bourbonnais, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.
Bourbonnais said Peacock and Welch both filed for temporary protective orders against each other Oct. 23 after an altercation, and a judge granted one-year protective orders against each other on Nov. 1, a little more than a week before the shootings.
Peacock also had a previous battery charge from December 2005, she said.