Douglasville: It turned out to be a gory afternoon for an otherwise peaceful residential area of Douglasville, Georgia when five people were killed as a gunman opened fire at his ex-wife and several others including children, before turning the gun on himself.
The incident took place around 3 pm in the afternoon near a housing development, west of Atlanta.
The neighbours called police after hearing the gunshots that injured even children.
According to the police, the shooter targeted his ex-wiffe and children. However, the identity of those killed or the gunman has not been revealed yet because police were still trying to contact the next of kin Saturday.
"I've been in law enforcement out here 20 years and this is the worst I've ever seen," Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said. He did not know when the couple divorced or if they had prior contact with police.
Investigators were still trying to determine the shooter's motive and piece together what happened.
Teresa Carter, 59, said she heard the gunfire from inside her home but did not see what happened. Police said victims were shot inside and outside the home.
Carter said she often saw the children playing in the driveway and around the neighborhood. They enjoyed petting her dog.
"I heard shots, and I heard the girl scream," Carter said. "And then I heard four more shots."
Brandon Hallman was working on a car a few houses down when the shooting started.
"I heard a couple quick shots, you know, back to back to back. Went out there and, you know, looked and it was already over," Hallman said. "We just grabbed some towels and kind of went down there to try and help before the paramedics got here."
Another neighbor, Angela Ansah, struggled to explain to her own children what happened to their slain friends a few houses down. Ansah said some of the children targeted Saturday often came over to her house to play with her own children.
"These are children I see every day, every blessed day," Ansah said.
With Agency Inputs