UPDATE: 2:09 a.m. EDT — The suspected gunman behind two shootings in the U.S. state of Georgia, which claimed five lives, was found dead Saturday in an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Associated Press reported citing local police.
At least five people have been killed in two shootings in northeastern Georgia in what officials believe is a work of one gunman, the Associated Press (AP) reported early Saturday. The suspect, identified as Wayne Anthony Hawes by Columbia Country Sheriff’s office, is at large, according to police.
The first shooting occurred late Friday on Appling community’s Johnson Drive (nearly 136 miles east of state capital Atlanta), where three people were shot. Two of them died at the scene and the third victim died at a local hospital, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins told CBS News. The second shooting took place on Rosemont Drive, about a mile away from the first crime scene, Collins said.
Identities of those who died is yet to be confirmed and the five bodies would be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab, Collins said, according to the AP.
Although the motive for the shootings is yet to be established, County Sheriff’s Office believes it was for domestic reasons.
UPDATE: Columbia Co deputies say Wayne Anthony Hawes is the suspect in tonight's shooting.
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