Authorities to give more details in Georgia shooting that killed 5

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities planned Monday to release more details of a weekend shooting in which a gunman killed four people and wounded two others before taking his own life with a gun in a neighborhood west of Atlanta.

Cedric G. Prather, 33, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting his ex-wife, another adult and two children Saturday in Douglasville, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. Horrified neighbors called 911 and sought to help the shooting victims before rescuers arrived.

The sheriff’s office identified the other adults killed as Latoya A. Andrews, Prather’s ex-wife; and Joseph Terry Brown. Both were 33 years old. A 7-year-old child and a 9-year-old also died as a result of the attack, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Two other children, an 8-year-old and a 15-year-old, were in critical but stable condition at a hospital, the statement said. Authorities haven’t identified any of the children who were shot.

Sheriff’s officials have said the victims were shot inside and outside the home.

The sheriff’s office said a news conference was planned Monday morning in Douglasville, some 20 miles west of Atlanta, where authorities plan to share more details of how the shootings took place.

Officials hoped to share something about the motive during the news conference, Lt. Glenn Daniel told The Associated Press. Daniel said he didn’t have any information about the gun used in the crime.

Teresa Carter, 59, said she heard the gunfire from inside her home but didn’t see what happened. 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.”

 

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