SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Kathy Peterson heard a commotion coming from her front door Tuesday afternoon.
When she answered it she said she saw three frantic little girls and a woman.
“I heard screaming and crying on my front door,” she said. “I ran to the front door and here’s these three little girls, one of them is just covered in blood and the mother is just hysterical behind them. And she said he’s going to kill us all.”
Peterson’s home is by where police said 32-year-old Jeremy Pattrerson shot and killed a mother, her son and wounded two other children before taking his own life.
A Good Samaritan had stopped to help 39-year-old Memorez Rackley because she claimed Rackley felt threatened.
“This woman who was walking her kids came running over to her and said this man is stalking us,” said Peterson.
Police won’t go into details about Patterson’s relationship with Rackley.
“We don’t have a motive at this time,” said Sgt. Jason Nielsen. “We do know that Jeremy and Memorez had some kind of relationship but as far as that goes it’s still under investigation.”
Moments later, the gunfire was heard throughout the neighborhood along Alta Canyon Drive. Peterson soon learned from the driver what happened after Patterson rammed the other vehicle.
“He got out and point blank shot these people in the head,” she said.
On Facebook, Jeremy Patterson said he’s a body builder. On an Instagram account appearing to be his, Patterson wrote he was angry because he claimed he had a secret relationship with Rackley but she refused to let anyone know about them. The person posting from that account also made threats the day before the shooting.
Peterson doesn’t understand his rage but saw firsthand the damaged little hearts at her doorstep.
“The two little girls stayed at my house and we prayed and I gave them little teddy bears,” said Peterson.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Rackley family.