September 19, 2013 (FOX8-WVUE) New Orleans, La. – The man police say gunned down an NOPD dispatcher and her two grown children inside their Gentilly garage Sept. 11 was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the scene immediately after the murders and made death threats just days befpre the slaying, detectives wrote in an arrest warrant.
Shawn Peterson, 41, was booked late Wednesday (Sept. 18) on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his son, 18-year-old Leonard George, who was found dead alongside his mother, 39-year-old Christine George and her daughter, Trisa George, 20.
Peterson is a convicted felon with a history of violence who police questioned the morning after the homicides. He was initially released while detectives tried to verify an alibi he gave that evening. The alibi Peterson originally provided to police fell apart, NOPD said in court records.
Peterson told detectives that on the night of the murder, he was driving through eastern New Orleans and was staying in a hotel outside the city with a woman. Peterson also told police that Christine George had called him just moments before the murders.
When police questioned the woman who Peterson said he was with during the murder, she said that while she had seen Peterson earlier that evening — about two hours before the murders — she was not with him later in the night. And she told police she had never been to the hotel Peterson told police about.
Police interviewed the hotel manager who said neither Peterson nor the woman he claimed to be with had ever rented a room there, the records say.
Police also found out one more disturbing fact that Peterson didn’t reveal when he was questioned: They say he called the woman earlier that evening asking for gun ammunition.
The woman told police that Peterson called her on Sept. 11 about 7:30 p.m. and asked if she had any 9mm rounds of ammunition. She told him she did not and asked why a convicted felon, who is not supposed to be in possession of a firearm, would be trying to get ammunition. Peterson didn’t answer and hung up on her, she said.
Police searched Christine George’s white SUV, where she and her two children were found shot to death, and say they found her phone, and on it, three missed calls made from Peterson’s cellphone just minutes before the murders. There was no record of Christine George having made any phone calls to Peterson that night, as he had told police she had.
Police also have surveillance footage of a man that a witness said is Peterson leaving the scene of the crime moments after the shooting. That witness is someone who has known Peterson for several years. police said.
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