Georgia authorities say a man suspected in two shootings that left five people dead has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities first discovered two women and a man fatally shot Friday night, said Capt. Andy Shedd of Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, detailing the case. They say the suspect was later found dead in his own garage.
One woman interviewed near the scene told the New York Times all of the victims were members of her extended family, though police said none of the victims were believed to be Hawes’ wife.
Officials say multiple people have been killed in two shootings in northeastern Georgia. Hawes was found around midnight with a fatal, self-inflicted wound to the head, according to a statement released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon arrival to the scene, officers found three people had died of gunshot wounds: 75-year-old Roosevelt Burns, 85-year-old Rheba Mae Dent, and 31-year-old Kelie Clark.
One woman died on the way to the hospital, according to Shedd.
“He was staying with the lady’s daughter but when he went up to her house, I don’t know what started him to kill her and her brother”, said Hawes’ childhood neighbor George McCladdie.
Lauren Hawes confirms the bloodshed was connected to a domestic dispute between her parents.
Lauren Hawes says her father was upset after her mother ended their relationship. Call 911!’ she said.
Hawes knew the victims and the shootings stemmed from a domestic incident, Shedd said.
Police said the shootings stemmed from a domestic dispute but did not elaborate.