DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia (AP) – Neighbours along a quiet, suburban street outside Atlanta were left horrified after police say a man shot six people, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before ending the rampage by turning the gun on himself.
The shooting happened Saturday around 3 pm in a housing development west of Atlanta, Douglas County Sheriff’s Lt Glenn Daniel said.
Horrified neighbours called police and then tried to help the severely injured victims as best they could before rescuers arrived.
The shooter, whose name was not immediately released, appeared to have targeted his ex-wife and her household, shooting victims inside and outside the house, Daniel said. Several children were gunned down as they fled on a street, neighbours said.
Authorities did not release the names of the victims because they were still trying Saturday to contact the next of kin. Investigators believe the gunman killed himself at the end of the shooting spree.
Police were still trying to determine the shooter’s motive and piece together what happened.