A shooting in the suburban Atlanta community of Douglasville, Georgia, has left five people dead, including the shooter, and two others injured, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting.
As of this post, it is not known if the children are among the fatalities.
WXIA in Atlanta reports that police were called to the middle-class suburb, approximately 20 miles west of Atlanta, at about 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
Details are sketchy, as of this post, as to the identities of the victims. Authorities have confirmed that the shooter is among the dead, and that at least some of the victims were relatives of the shooter.
Stan Copeland, of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, tells WSB in Atlanta that police are still sorting out the identities of the victims, and their relationship to the shooter.
“We had multiple victims shot in the street. Some of those are siblings, some of these people are related. We just don’t know who is who right now.”
Neighbors reported that they recognized the shooter’s sister as she was being escorted away from the scene of the shooting by police. She could be heard screaming, “My brother should have never had a gun.”
Copeland praised the neighbors who came to the aid of the shooting victims.
“As you can imagine, we have neighbors that are in shock. Neighbors who came to the aid of those victims.”
He also added that, in his decades with the sheriff’s department, he has never seen so many shooting victims in one place.
“I been with the Sheriff’s Office 38 years and I’ve never seen this many victims in one shooting.”
This is a breaking news story. More information, including the identities of the shooting victims, their relationships to the shooter, and the shooter’s possible motive, will be provided as it becomes available.
[Image courtesy of: WSB]