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UPDATE: Daycare shooting vicitim identified

UPDATE (Sept. 20, 9:08 a.m.) RCPS Superintendent Dr. Samuel King said in a released statement, "Although I am currently out of the state, I have been kept informed of today's tragic event which involved both a teacher and a student from our school system. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their family at this time. We consider our students and staff to be a close community who share heartache and hurting during difficult times. We also come together to support each other and family through our counseling services. We will respect the privacy of the family and will release information as approved by them. We ask that you continue to keep our teacher and student in your prayers and request your assistance in maintaining an educational environment for students and staff during this time."

King's statement was in reference to the shooting of Kimya Roberson, a kindegarten teacher at CJ Hicks Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Also shot was her 10-year old daughter, identified by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as Corinne Williams.


UPDATE (Sept. 20, 6:12 p.m.) The mother shot outside a Stockbridge daycare this morning was identified as Kimya Roberson, 38, a kindergarten teacher at CJ Hicks Elementary School in Conyers.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office released her identity Tuesday evening. 

Kimya Roberson was still in serious but stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Jodi Shupe. Her family is reportedly gathered at the hospital. No information is available at this time on the status of her 10-year-old daughter at Egleston, who underwent surgery to have a portion of her skull removed.

Roberson received her bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in early childhood education at University of Georgia and a masters in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri, according to the school's website.

A Rockdale County Public Schools spokesperson said counselors have been made available for students and staff at the school.

Shupe said investigators are still determining Terrance's address and Kimya's address.

Terrance Roberson reportedly stopped by a Home Depot after the shooting and before turning himself in to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.



(Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m.) The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.

Terrance Roberson, 36, described as 5-foot-8, 175-pound, faces two charges of aggravated assault, according to RCSO spokesperson Jodi Shupe.

The mother also reportedly has another child, older than the 10-year-old, who was also a step-child to Roberson.



 (Sept. 20, 12:06 p.m.) - Terrance Sherrod Roberson turned himself in to the Newton County Sheriff's Office shortly before 10 a.m. and was taken to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday after shooting his 10-year old step-daughter and estranged wife this morning outside of a Stockbridge daycare center, according to Sgt. Jodi Shupe, a spokesperson for the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

"He just walked into the sheriff's office and said 'I need to turn myself in, I shot someone,'" Shupe said.

NCSO spokesperson Lt. Keith Crum said Roberson did not have the weapon with him.

 Shupe told The News that Roberson's wife had filed for divorce yesterday after the two had been seperated for about a year. Roberson, who has been staying in DeKalb County since the seperation, is the step-father of the 10-year old victim.

The man approached his estranged wife and daughter outside of Little Mountain Christian Academy, 3144 Ga. Highway 155, around 6:30 a.m. and then shot them before fleeing in a vehicle.

The mother and daughter were both taken to Atlanta area hospitals, by helicopter and ambulance respectively, and were in critical condition this morning, Shupe said; their present condition was not known.

The daughter was reportedly being dropped off at the daycare center around 6:25 a.m. as part of her normal daily routine until a bus could pick her up around 6:44 a.m. and take her to Lorraine Elementary School, according to Shupe.

Roberson approached the pair in the drop-off area as the mother was taking the child out of the car.

After Roberson opened fire with multiple shots, the mother came into the daycare center saying she and her daughter had been shot and needed help, said Shupe.

Roberson then fled in a white Saturn vehicle, which was left at the Newton County Sheriff's Office when he turned himself in.

The husband and wife had been separated for about a year.



IN BRIEF: A mother and a 10-year-old child have been reportedly shot outside near a day care center this morning on Ga. Highway 155 in Stockbridge, in Rockdale County.

Check back for more on this developing story.