Published On: Sat, Apr 23rd, 2016

Wayne Hawes identified as shooter in Georgia murder suicide which left 6 dead

A gunman shot five people dead at two residences in eastern Georgia, then turned the gun on himself in his home, authorities said. Wayne Anthony Hawes has been confirmed as the murderer, killing members of his wife’s family: Roosevelt Burns, 75; Rheba Mae Dent, 85; and Kelia Clark, 31 and then Lizzy Williams, 59; and Shelly Williams, 62, both found at the second location.

Wayne Anthony Hawes

Wayne Anthony Hawes

Authorities first discovered two women and a man fatally shot Friday night, said Capt. Andy Shedd of Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, detailing the case. Police then received a call of another crime scene a half-mile away in the same town. There, they found two other people shot dead — a man and a woman, he said.

The shootings occurred about 40 minutes apart, police said.

“We believe the two shootings were related based on witness accounts,” Shedd said.

Hawes, 50, was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Also inside was evidence that the suspect attempted to set fire to the house, unsuccessfully,” Shedd said.

The man’s daughter, Lauren Hawes, said she hid with her 1-year-old daughter and described her father as a “ticking time bomb.”

Lauren recounted that Wayne threatened to kill her mother after she announced her desire to seek divorce. The wife was not killed in the Friday night massacre.

At this point police did not confirm the divorce motive, saying that “the shootings stemmed from a domestic dispute” but did not elaborate.


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