Athens police hope to question shooting victims

ATHENS -- Police detectives hope to interview two survivors of a fatal shooting in the hospital where they are recovering from wounds they suffered in an incident that left another family member dead.

Robert Norred, 28, who is said to be autistic, also was wounded, having turned a .380 revolver on himself after shooting his mother, Carol Norred, 63, and a sister, Amy Norred, 31, police said. Another sister, 29-year-old Leigh Pope, was shot and killed at the three-story house in southeastern Clarke County.

Robert Norred’s father was not at home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon. Amy Norred’s 4-year-old son and Pope’s 3-week-old child were not harmed.

So far, Robert Norred has only been charged with killing his sister. Athens-Clarke County police Capt. Clarence Holman said there most certainly would be more charges, but detectives wanted to get an arrest warrant quickly so he could be held.

Norred, his sister and his mother are all at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Holman told The Atlanta Journal- Constitution on Wednesday that he didn’t know if any of the Norreds were in good enough condition to be interviewed but “we’re going to try today.”

The motive in the shootings was still a mystery on Wednesday.

“We are trying to find out motive and what happened,” Holman said.

Police were called to the Norred house in the 100 block of Beaver Trail just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to check out reports of gunfire in one of the area’s affluent neighborhoods.

Officers entered the home and found Pope, her mother and sister and the children. After they were taken out, a team searched the house, moving slowly from room to room, said Athens-Clarke police Capt. Charles Newsom.

Officers found Robert Norred locked in a bathroom off an upstairs bedroom. He had a gunshot wound to his chest.

Beaver Trail is a two-lane asphalt road that runs through a wooded section about six miles from the University of Georgia campus. The Norreds live in a two-story house behind an iron security gate and an electric fence.

Beth Davis, secretary of the neighborhood association, told the AJC people there respect each other’s privacy. Houses sit on three to nine acres and “it feels like the country,” she said. She’s lived in the neighborhood 20 years and didn’t know the Norreds very well.

“I’d see them as I run and they’d wave,” she said. “I didn’t even know they had an adult son.”

Patricia Welch, who lives two houses from the Norreds, said she heard a noise Tuesday afternoon that may have been a gunshot and went outside to investigate. She said she noticed several police cars and eventually the number of police vehicles grew to 20 as officers searched the house. Such law enforcement activity is unusual for the neighborhood, she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.