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A gunman killed five people Saturday, including himself, after a shooting in near Atlanta that also left two children injured, authorities said.
Authorities arrived at the Douglasville subdivision of two-story homes, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, after receiving a 911 call around 3 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Daniel told The Associated Press.
Daniel said a man came to a house and shot his ex-wife and several children. Investigators have not released the names of the suspect or the victims because their family members have not yet been notified.
Daniel told Fox News that the gunman was among the five killed, and that the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. MyFoxAtlanta.com reported that two additional children were injured, and taken to a nearby hospital.
It was not immediately clear 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.
Daniel said that 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.
Investigators obtained a warrant to enter the home, now surrounded by crime scene tape, on Saturday so they could take and exam evidence from the crime scene.
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 told The Associated Press.