Sept. 11: 4400 Jeanne Marie Place
NEW ORLEANS - Shawn Peterson, a person of interest in the shooting deaths of an NOPD dispatcher, her adult son and daughter, turned himself in to police, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Peterson has since been released, but police are being tight-lipped about what he told them.
The victims were found shot to death inside the garage of a home in the 4400 block of Jeanne Marie Place in Gentilly late Wednesday, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Peterson was identified by police as a "person of interest" shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.
"I never expected nothing like this," Adrian Biagas said. "To see what I seen back there, it was gruesome."
When Biagas heard someone screaming Wednesday night in the 4400 block of Jean Marie Place, she ran outside.
"And he told me, ‘My mother's dead’ -- I think -- ‘My mother's dead,’” Biagas said. “ So I ran towards the house."
She eventually arrived at her neighbor's garage. She said she saw two people shot inside an SUV and a young woman laying outside of the car.
“I'm devastated because it's so close to home and we've never had this problem in this neighborhood,” Biagas said.
Family and friends of the victims identified them as 39-year-old Christine George -- an NOPD dispatcher -- her 20-year-old daughter Tresa George and her son, 18-year-old Leonard George.
"It was just unbelievable, and it still is to know that she's gone along with two of her kids,” said sister-in-law Deidre Preston.
Preston said Peterson had an on-again, off-again relationship with George and is the father of her 18-year-old son.
"He never gave us any clue that anything was going,” Preston said.
Police have yet to reveal much about a suspect or motive. Preston said she has mixed feelings about Peterson's move to talk.
“It was some sort of relief, but on the other hand, well if he didn't do it, then who did?”
The Advocate is reporting that online records show Peterson has a long history of violent crime that goes back to his teen years, including attempted second-degree murder and felon in possession of a fire arm.
This is the second tragedy to hit the NOPD involving a dispatcher, in just a matter of days. As Eyewitness News reported Tuesday, NOPD communications dispatcher Paulette Brown was critically injured by a suspected drunk driver, who hit her Saturday night. She has since been pronounced dead.