Police: Man shoots three women, then self

Crime scene tape remains where investigators found the victims

June 13, 2011 3:23:45 PM PDT
Durham County Sheriff's deputies say the shooting of four people in the Research Triangle Park area of Durham County over the weekend was not a random crime.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Highway 54 and Park Office Drive just after midnight Saturday.

Click here to listen to the 911 call (.wav)

When they arrived, they found three women - 24-year-old Amesha Smith, 23-year-old Alexandria Pierce and 22-year-old Adrianne Stevens - shot to death inside a vehicle.

The body of a fourth person, a man, was found outside the vehicle. He too had a gunshot wound.

Police later said the man, 23-year-old Brinton Millsap, killed the women before turning the gun on himself.

"It's an ugly senseless tragedy, but I know Amesha is resting with the Lord," Smith's mother Aduffie Page said. "I know she's in a better place. I'm going to miss her. I miss her, but she's in a better place. And I know the Lord is going to take care of her, until I get there to join her."

Page says all four apparently spent years in school together and that Smith and Stevens were especially good friends.

"I believe she died protecting a friend, being a friend," she said. "I think those three girls were together supporting each other. It's just tragic."

The Durham County Sheriff's Office says none of the four had a criminal history.

On Monday, Millsap's friend Ira Davis told ABC11 the man he knew was a good person and he's struggling to understand what happened.

"I don't know if he was depressed or what. Brit was a good guy," said Davis.

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