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Suspected Shooter in Custody

Christopher Erdman allegedly shot Shannon Lawrence, the mother of his children, at the spot where they hand off the kids to one another.

A 25-year-old Canton man has been arrested in connection with the of his children's mother.

Christopher Erdman allegedly shot Shannon Lawrence, also of Canton, four times in the face and neck in the parking lot of Birmingham Crossroads, 15780 Birmingham Hwy., Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty said.

McCarty said Erdman and Lawrence, who never married, used the shopping center as the drop-off point when exchanging their two children. It's unclear if the children witnessed the shooting.

Milton police responded to a call at 2:02 p.m. today of shots being fired at the mostly empty shopping center, according to Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty. When they arrived, they found shell casings in the parking lot along with a pool of blood.

McCarty said that police were later notified that the suspect and the victim were at in Cumming. Erdman reportedly drove Lawrence there. By the time police arrived at the hospital, Lawrence, 25, was dead.

Erdman will be booked into the Fulton County Jail, McCarty said.

Stay tuned to canton-ga.patch.com and alpharetta.patch.com for updates on this breaking news story.

David June 06, 2011 at 05:52 AM
We love you Shannon!
Rodney Thrash June 06, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Hi, David! This is such a tragic story and the Lawrence family is in our prayers. I know that this is a difficult time, but I was hoping to speak to Mrs. Diana Macksey or any other relatives and friends. Please call me at 770-367-9568 as we are working on a follow-up story today. Thank you for helping us tell Shannon's story accurately.

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