A Georgia man killed two people at a liquor store before shooting his parents in a spree that ended in an exchange of gunfire with authorities, officials said.
The mayhem began when Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, opened fire inside the shop in Conyers, Georgia, about 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say Pitts had been involved in an altercation at the business earlier in the day before returning with a gun. A store clerk and a customer were fatally struck. Pitts left and traveled about four miles to his home where he then shot his parents, officials said.
Rockdale County deputies responded to the scene and exchanged gunfire with the suspect after he shot at them with an assault rifle, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Pitts was hit and later died. His parents were transported to an Atlanta-area hospital where they were listed in stable condition.
The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation examines the case.