An author who wrote about overcoming domestic violence was gunned down by her husband in Georgia on Monday.

Gwinnett County Police said that Sheldon Soyer shot his wife, Vanessa Soyer, in their apartment. He fled on foot after shooting his wife, prompting a lockdown of Georgia Gwinnett College close by.

Police were closing down the area when the Soyers’ 13-year-old son ran out of the apartment and approached Fatimah Howard.

“He said, ‘Ms. Fatimah he did it in front of me,’” Howard said. “Those were his words: ‘He did it in front of me.’”

As of Monday night, Sheldon Soyer was still on the run.