Asheville Mother and Two Children Killed in Shooting

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ASHEVILLE -- Wedesday, April 18, 2018 Asheville Police responded to a call in Asheville. The following is the original information and today's update.



On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 10:31 pm the Asheville Police responded to Hansel Avenue after reports of multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Upon arrival officers located Erica Nichelle Smith (32), of Asheville, who I’ll succumbed to her injuries. Six additional individuals were transported to Mission Hospital for treatment, where a juvenile victim succumbed to their injuries.

The incident is under further investigation at this time. If anyone has any additional information on this incident they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.


UPDATE: The Asheville Police has identified the suspect in the shooting at 73 Hansel Avenue as Maurice Laron Garner. Garner succumbed to a self inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to Mission Hospital.

A second juvenile victim also succumbed to their injuries.

Additional information will be released later today by Chief Tammy Hooper.


At 11:15 a.m. today, Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper provided information about last night’s shooting at 73 Hansel Avenue. Chief Hooper made her statements at Asheville Police Department Headquarters, 100 Court Plaza.

Four people, including two children and the suspected shooter, are dead and three others were injured in the April 18, 2018, shooting. Asheville Police identified the suspect as Maurice Laron Garner, who succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Erica Nichelle Smith (32), of Asheville, was also killed.

The juveniles who died in this shooting were Asheville City School students. Chief Hooper identified them as a 13-year-old female and a 15-year-old male. Smith was the mother of all five children involved in the shooting, Chief Hooper said.

Source: Asheville Police Face Book, Asheville City Source

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