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Five killed in two related shootings in Georgia; suspect found dead: Officials

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.

Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, is seen in an undated picture released by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in Appling, Georgia. (Photo by Columbia County Sheriff's Office/Handout/Reuters)
Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, is seen in an undated picture released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Appling, Georgia. 
Photo by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office/Handout/Reuters

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 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.

Hawes knew the victims and the shootings stemmed from a domestic incident, Shedd said.

He said Hawes’ wife was not among the victims but that some of her family members were among those killed.

One female died on the way to the hospital, according to Shedd. The others were dead at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing. 

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com

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Five killed in two related shootings in Georgia; suspect found dead: Officials