SUWANEE -- Suwanee police say the gunman in a rampage that left himself and two Gwinnett mothers dead this week could have been upset about paying child support.
An investigation is in preliminary stages, but evidence suggests that Kenneth Michael Turner may have spouted threats to co-workers at Wal-Mart in Suwanee hours before the killings, said Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers.
Byers said Turner worked part-time, possibly in a janitorial-type capacity. A Wal-Mart representative said Thursday that company policy prohibited her from verifying employment over the phone.
"I understood he was disgruntled about child support payments (but) it sounds like it may have been multiple things," Byers said. "My guys are trying to look into those things."
Investigators believe Turner fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and mother of their 8-month-old child, Tiffany Hulsey, 24, after kicking in the door of her AMLI at McGinnis Ferry apartment Tuesday night.
Turner also killed a Dacula woman police believe was staying at the apartment, Deanna Griffin, 36, before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Hulsey's 5-year-old daughter and Griffin's 7-year-old daughter witnessed the slayings, police said. All three children are in the custody of relatives.
Ashley Lyon, Hulsey's longtime friend, said Hulsey's children meant the world to the 2004 Collins Hill High School graduate.
Hulsey's Facebook postings invariably involved her two girls, Lyon said.
"She was totally dedicated to her girls," Lyon said. "She was an amazing mother and individual."
Save a fatal stabbing in February, the last known murder within Suwanee city limits happened in 1965.