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Triple Homicide “Person Of Interest” Released

The person of interest in Wednesday night’s triple homicide has been released.

Shawn Peterson was not a suspect, but police believed he may have had information to help with the death investigation of a 9-1-1 dispatcher and her two adult children.

News Reporter Darian Trotter was there when Peterson finished talking to homicide detectives.

WGNO has exclusive video of Shawn Peterson walking out of NOPD Headquarters, after hours of interrogation.

The convicted felon was named a person of interest in Wednesday night’s triple homicide.

“They nice neighbors, they ain’t never did nobody nothing to deserve nothing like this,” Simone Boyer said.

“I’m still in shock, I’m still in shock,” a neighbor said.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified, was the one who first heard what she describes as six to eight gunshots around eleven o’clock.

Then she discovered the bodies of 39-year old police dispatcher Christine George, and her two adult children, 20-year old Tresa, and 18-year old Leonard.

“Well I came to the front door, I found her son screaming,” the neighbor said. “I got him to console him and then my husband went to the back so as soon as he got to the back that’s when he noticed the garage open and peeped in and saw her car still running and her baby lying there.”

WGNO News has learned Christine George had just finished her evening shift, when two of her four children picked her up  from the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

It’s believed the three had just arrived home when they were ambushed in a hail of gunfire, inside the family’s garage.

“She was in very very good spirits, yesterday; very happy,” an unnamed co-worker said.

Co-workers were distraught, as they prepared for evening watch for the first time in years without their friend.

“Christine was a giving person,” the woman said. “She loved to cook, and if you ask her for something, if she had it, you had it.”

“It’s disturbing, you never really think you would actually have somebody murdered next to you,” the unidentified neighbor said.

Family members at the scene say Shawn Peterson had an “on-again, off-again” relationship with Christine George; and he’s Leonard George’s father.

We spoke to the man police had named a person of interest off camera. He denies having anything to do with what happened here saying he’d never do anything to harm the people he called his family.

Trotter asked, “Has there ever been any trouble at the home? No not like talking about it, no,” Boyer replied.

Police are not saying much about a possible suspect or motive in the case.  An investigation continues.

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