Sunday, June 05, 2011

Suspect in custody in fatal shooting.


25-year-old Christopher Erdman arrested at Northside Forsyth Hospital

MILTON, GA., June 5, 2011 - A 25-year-old Canton man is in custody after the shooting death of the mother of his two children at the Birmingham Crossroads in Milton.

According to Capt. Shawn McCarty, Christopher Erdman allegedly shot 25-year-old Shannon Lawrence, also of Canton, four times in the face and neck in the parking lot of a mostly empty shopping center at 15780 Birmingham Highway.

McCarty said the couple had two children together but never married. They used the shopping center as the drop-off point when exchanging custody of the children.

McCarty said it was unclear whether the children were at the scene during the shooting.

Dispatchers received a call of shots fired at 2:02 p.m. and officers found shell casings and a pool of blood in the parking lot, said McCarty. After the shooting, Erdman reportedly drove Lawrence to Northside Forsyth Hospital.

Staff alerted Milton police that Erdman and Lawrence were at the hospital, and by the time officers arrived, Lawrence was pronounced dead form the gunshot wounds. Erdman was arrested and will go to Fulton County Jail.

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