Last Updated Feb 7, 2015 9:44 PM EST
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — At least five people, including children, were killed in a shooting west of Atlanta Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
Lt. Glenn Daniel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said a man came to a house and shot his ex-wife and several children.
CBS affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported the shooting happened on Willow Tree Circle in the Amber Forest subdivision. Daniel said officers received a 911 reporting the gunfire at 3 p.m.
Daniel said that some neighbors apparently heard or saw the shooting and came outside to assist the victims until rescuers arrived. Some victims appeared to have been shot inside the residence while others were apparently shot outside.
A seven-year-old child was one of the people killed, WGCL reported. Daniel told the station two children were among the wounded. The youngest victim was described as a toddler.
The shooter is believed to have died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Daniel said. Police were still working Saturday to identify the victims and confirm their relationships, he said.
“I’ve never seen this many victims in one shooting in my 38-year career,” Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told WGCL.
Daniel said he did not immediately know when the couple divorced or whether the family had prior contact with police.
“I’ve been in law enforcement out here 20 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Daniel said.
Investigators have not released the names of the suspect or the victims because their family members have not yet been notified. The motive of the shooting was not immediately clear.
Investigators obtained a warrant to enter the home, now surrounded by crime scene tape, on Saturday so they could collect and examine evidence from the crime scene.
“It’s just shocking. As a parent, you don’t want to think that a mother would lose her child,” neighbor Geraldine Price told WGCL. “It’s just shocking all together and it’s sad.”
“It’s very devastating,” said Shelton Price. “Nothing ever really happens here.”
Kenya Beyah, who lives about four doors down from the home where the shooting began, left flowers at the scene Saturday evening. She didn’t know the family but said she saw kids playing outside from time to time, she said.
This is a horrific example of where domestic violence can lead. Domestic violence starts long before it gets to that point. It’s often subtle and meant to make the victim doubt or many times place the blame on her for her aggressor’s violent actions.
Waiting too long to leave only feeds the violence.
What you say is true. This is why it is so frightening for women to try to win. If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, it is all right to be scared and to fear for your life and the lives of your children. Go to a shelter and get out. Get counseling to undo the emotional pain you live in. Go into transitional housing. If he won’t stay away, there is an underground that is able to help you and your children begin again in safety. Hugs, Barbara
So very sad!
Over the years, I can’t even begin to add up the times an abuser has said to his victim, “If I can’t have you, no one will have you.” Have you heard this? Please tell me your stories. Hugs, Barbara
My abuse as a child was physical and I was told often how no man would ever love me and that hitting me was worse for them than for me etc… In my marriage, it was emotional abuse and manipulation. He told me many times and in many ways, how undesirable I am and how I would be alone without him etc… Briefly put but I don’t want to go over board. Thank you for asking!
I was abused as a child by my mother. I am so sorry about everything you have survived. I would say thrive…as the artist inside is happy and well. Just know the problems were him, not you. You are a beautiful child of the Universe. Hugs, Barbara
Thank you, dearheart!
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