The suspect, Kristopher Martin Johnson, age 30 of Canton, was taken into custody at the Ingles parking lot without incident.

Two people are dead following a shooting incident in Canton Tuesday night, authorities said.

The incident took place at around 8 p.m. at a home on Old Donaldson Road in Canton, just off Georgia Highway 140 between Riverstone Parkway and Reinhardt College Parkway.

According to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee 911 received a call at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday from an individual who said he had shot his girlfriend and her uncle at a home on Old Donaldson Road in Canton. The caller also stated that he was in the parking lot of the Ingles in Canton. Sheriff’s deputies and Canton Police officers immediately went to both locations. The suspect, Kristopher Martin Johnson, age 30 of Canton, was taken into custody at the Ingles parking lot without incident. At the home on Old Donaldson Road, deputies discovered Carla Marie Payne, age 30 of Canton, and Thomas Richard Donaldson, age 65 of Canton, deceased inside.

Johnson has been charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He remains in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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My name is Danny Heath I’m her brother and she’s the last one I have in my family and he doesn’t need to live please help my family we don’t have any way of going we can’t even think of any other way her half sitter and brother are running over me and it right we have always been there for each other sesses our mom die and they and not been apart of our family in 15 years


2 counts of murder? 3 lives were taken. Georgia went thru all that effort to pass the abortion law and yet murdering a mother carrying a baby only gets this man one count. I have been supportive of our local police department. But this man needs to be charged with the death of that baby too. He was fully aware of what he did!


He will be charged with the 3rd count. They have to wait on the official report from the ME to confirm pregnancy.

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