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Five Killed in Two Related Shootings in Georgia; Suspect Found Dead: Officials

Five people were killed in two separate but related shootings in Georgia on Friday night and the gunman is still at large, according to authorities.
Suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes
Suspect Wayne Anthony HawesColumbia County Sheriffs Department

A man who shot and killed five people during two separate shootings as part of a domestic dispute in Georgia was found dead in his home early Saturday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The body of shooting suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, was recovered Saturday by authorities in his northeastern Georgia home, Columbia County Sheriff Captain Andy Shedd said in a statement. Shedd said the Friday night shootings stem from a domestic dispute that left three men and two females dead.

Suspect Wayne Anthony HawesColumbia County Sheriffs Department

Three shooting victims — a man and two women — were discovered dead by police at a residence in Appling, Georgia, just before 8 p.m. local time, Shedd said. While officials were still on scene, a call came in about a second shooting a short distance away where deputies found a man and a woman both dead.

The victims found at the first home on Johnson Drive were identified as Roosevelt Burns, 75, Rheva Mae Dent, 85, and Kelia Clark, 31. Victims found at the Washington Road scene were identified as Lizzy Williams, 59, and Shelly Williams, 62.

Lauren Hawes, the suspect's daughter, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he was a "ticking time bomb."

She said that she and her 1-year-old daughter hid in a neighbor's house while Wayne Anthony Hawes went on a shooting rampage that killed five people, including her grandmother and cousin.

Lauren Hawes said he had threatened to kill her grandmother and mother a day before the shootings, and he was upset after her mother ended their relationship.

Authorities said Hawes' wife was not among the victims.

One female died on the way to the hospital, according to Shedd. The others were dead at the scene. An investigation was ongoing Saturday.