GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mary Ann Holder wanted to see her married former flame one last time as their bitter love triangle threatened to open a new and potentially costly chapter in court.
The meeting ended with Randall Lamb, 40, getting shot and Holder, 36, taking her own life Sunday. Later, police found that Holder gunned down four children living in her home, including her two sons, and the older boy's girlfriend. Two are dead.
Three of the children were in critical condition yesterday.
Investigators were trying to unravel the violent chain of events. Holder left notes taking responsibility for the shootings and apologizing for the pain she was causing, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said. The notes also indicate Holder was angry about how her relationship with Lamb came to an end.
"They were obviously shot for the purpose of killing them," he said. "We may never know exactly what her thoughts were and why."
Investigators said their affair of almost four years was grinding to an acrimonious halt when Lamb agreed to meet Holder at a community college parking lot around 9 a.m. Sunday.
Holder shot multiple times, hitting him once in the shoulder, the sheriff said. Lamb called his wife, who reported the shooting to 911 dispatchers. He was in stable condition Monday.
Holder then drove off to pick up her son Zachary, 14. Later, a sheriff's deputy found her black SUV. She was dead inside with a gunshot to the head, and Zachary, critically wounded, was in the backseat. Two handguns were inside the vehicle, one in Holder's lap, the sheriff said.
The officers then went into Holder's home and found her son, Robert Dylan Smith, 17, dead. Smith's girlfriend, Makayla Woods, 15, and Holder's nephew, Richard Suttles, 17, were also shot inside the home and were in critical condition yesterday. Holder's niece, Hannaleigh Suttles, 8, died yesterday.