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Cops hope shooting survivor provides insight

Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Gwinnett County police were expected to speak in depth Tuesday to the lone survivor from Sunday’s quadruple shooting near Snellville.

Twenty-three-year-old Justin Cato was shot in the leg outside his girlfriend’s home on Anderson Livsey Lane Sunday night. Unlike Angelina Benton, his girlfriend, and her 12-year-old son and 19-year-old godson, he survived.

With the alleged shooter still on the loose, authorities are hoping to glean more about the incident from Cato, who has previously provided limited information as his health allowed.

“(Cato is) still in the hospital receiving treatment for the injuries sustained from the shooting,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Tuesday. “Detectives are expected to speak with him in detail today.”

Police believe 33-year-old Robert Bell — who, along with his wife, lived at the home on Anderson Livsey Lane with all four victims — opened fire with an assault rifle that night. He allegedly fled the scene on foot and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

He’s since been charged with three counts of felony murder and a single count of aggravated assault. His alleged motive is unknown, but authorities are considering him armed and dangerous.

Bell is described as a black male about six feet tall and 300 pounds. Police believe he previously lived in Albany and might also have out-of-state connections in the Chicago area. Anyone with information should call GCPD homicide detectives at 770-513-5300.

Neither incident reports nor 911 calls were available for release Tuesday, Ritter said.