Five killed in Georgia, shooter found dead: Authorities

  • Reuters, Appling, United States
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2016 08:38 IST
In this photo provided by courtesy of WRDW/WAGT Augusta, Columbia County Sheriff deputies investigate the scene of a shooting on Friday night, April 22, 2016, in Appling, Georgia. (AP Photo)

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.

Captain Andy Shedd with the Columbia County Sheriff’s office says 50-year-old Wayne Anthony Hawes’ body was recovered on Saturday by authorities in his northeastern Georgia home. Shedd says that the Friday night shootings stem from a domestic dispute that left three men and two females dead.

Police say three people were shot at one location in Appling and two others were shot dead at another location about a mile away.

This undated photo provided by courtesy of WRDW/WAGT Augusta and Columbia County Sheriff's Office shows Wayne Anthony Hawes. (AP Photo)

The victims include 75-year-old Roosevelt Burns, 85-year-old Rheba Mae Dent, 31-year-old Kelia Clark, 59-year-old Lizzy Williams and 62-year-old Shelly Williams. Police believe some of the victims were related to the suspect’s wife.

The killings were the second set of US mass murders on Friday of an apparently domestic nature.

Eight members of the same family were shot to death execution-style in four homes in Pike County, Ohio, and more than 30 people have been questioned in the search for the killer or killers, officials said on Friday.

Read: At least 8 dead at 4 locations in Ohio shootings; no arrests made

The victims included seven adults and one juvenile, all shot in the head, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. Reader identified them as members of the Rohden family.

DeWine told a news conference “We don’t know whether we’re talking about one individual, or two, or three or more.”

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