Deputies: 7 shot Georgia including children; 5 dead -

Deputies: 7 shot Georgia including children; 5 dead

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - Seven people were shot in Douglas County Saturday afternoon. Five of those victims have now died.

Deputies were called to Willow Tree Circle around 3 p.m. They found the shooting victims. Some of those shot are children. The youngest killed was seven years old. According to Lt. Glenn Daniel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, two children were wounded and taken to the hospital.

Many neighbors were shocked this happened in the Amber Forest Subdivision.

When neighbors returned home from running errands, they knew something was wrong.

“When we came in, we kept hearing police car after police car. We saw helicopters. We said something is going on,” said neighbor Geraldine Price.

Investigators made a gruesome discovery. Sheriff’s deputies say the ex-husband of one of the victims drove to the neighborhood and parked down the street. From there, we’re told he walked up to the home where he started shooting. Deputies say some of the seven victims were found lying in the street. The rest were found at the home. 

“I’ve been with the sheriff’s office 38 years and I’ve never seen this many victims in one shooting in my 38-year career,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stan Copeland.

According to deputies, one person had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“It’s just shocking. As a parent, you don’t want to think that a mother would lose her child,” said Price. “It’s just shocking all together and it’s sad.”

“It’s very devastating,” said Shelton Price. “Nothing ever really happens here.”

Daniel said the shooter was the ex-husband of one of the victims. Daniel did not know how long the couple had been divorced.

On Sunday police identified Cedric G. Prather, 33, as the shooter. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The other adult victims were identified as Latoya A. Andrews, 33, and Joseph Terry Brown also 33.

CBS46 is following this developing story as it becomes available.

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