An investigator with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office leads an unidentified woman in from of the Little Mountain Christian Academy after the shooting of a woman and her 10-year-old daughter.
CONYERS -- Investigators believe an ongoing domestic dispute led to the tragic shooting of a kindergarten teacher and her 10-year-old daughter Tuesday at a day care in south Rockdale County.
Terence Sherod Roberson, 36, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning at Little Mountain Christian Academy at 3144 Ga. Highway 155, S.W., Stockbridge. He was being held at the Rockdale County Jail after surrendering to authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office in Covington.
The adult woman shot was identified by the Sheriff's Office as Kimya Roberson, a kindergarten teacher at C.J. Hicks Elementary School in Conyers. She was estranged from Roberson for about a year and had started divorce proceedings the day before the shooting. The 10-year-old girl was Roberson's step-daughter.
Cindy Ball, director of Community Relations at Rockdale County Public Schools, only confirmed Kimya Roberson was an employee of the school system. Kimya Roberson maintains a web page on C.J. Hicks' school website.
Kimya Roberson was listed in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center. The girl was in critical condition at Egleston Children's Hospital, according to RCSO Lt. Matt Wolfe.
Wolfe said investigators were witholding the name of the 10-year-old due to her condition and out of concern for the girl's family.
Kimya Roberson, 38, was dropping off her daughter as usual at about 6:25 a.m. at the day care when shots rang out.
"We believe he pulled up behind her as she was getting out of her vehicle and getting the child into the day care and just started firing at the wife," Wolfe said. He added that early indications from the investigation were that the girl was not an intended target.
After Kimya Roberson realized she and her daughter were shot, she ran into the day care for help. Staff called 911 and Roberson was life flighted to AMC and the daughter taken by ambulance to Egleston, according to the Sheriff's Office.
In interviews with Terence Roberson investigators learned the couple were separated and Kimya Roberson had filed for divorce.
"It was an ongoing domestic situation. We believe the wife was leaving him for good. They had been having issues for a couple of years and were finally divorcing," Wolfe said. "She was going through the process of divorce."
Wolfe said they believe a .38 caliber handgun found in Terence Roberson's car was used in the shooting. It will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for testing.
Authorities searched for Terence Roberson after the shooting. He eventually turned himself in at the Newton County Sheriff's Office in Covington hours after his wife and step-daughter were shot.
Wolfe said Roberson was calm when approached by Newton County investigators.
"He walked into the Newton County Sheriff's Office and advised them he wished to make a report about a shooting," he said. "When the investigators came out to meet with him, he asked them if they had handcuffs and put his hands out."
Staff Reporter Michelle Floyd and Editor Alice Queen contributed to this story.