Investigators were searching a home late Wednesday morning where four people were shot to death in a suspected murder-suicide at a Forsyth County home.
Three people — two of them under the age of 10 and the alleged gunman — were found dead around daybreak at the home in the 5500 block of Old Atlanta Road near Suwanee, Forsyth Sheriff Duane Piper said during a 10 a.m. news briefing. A woman died later from her injuries.
A man was taken to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition, he said.
All the victims lived in the house, said Piper, who added deputies have been to the home in the past. He wouldn’t divulge the nature of the previous calls, but The Associated Press reported the suspected gunman was known to officers from previous arrests and time in custody for unspecified crimes described as minor.
He said authorities were alerted to the shooting by a 6 a.m. 911 call from a relative who wasn’t involved in the shooting. Channel 2 Action News reported the mother of the shooter made the 911 call.
“As the investigation goes on, of course, we hope to find some type of motive,” Piper said. “There’s no reason that any of us are ever going to understand to wipe out an entire family. We have absolutely no clue at this moment what precipitated it.”
The white, single-story, ranch-style house where the shooting happened is on property that backs up to the Olde Atlanta Club, a golf course community of $500,000 homes along the Chattahoochee River. But the home was assessed at less than $50,000, online records show.
Just after noon, Old Atlanta Road remained closed in the area of Olde Atlanta Club, and the sheriff’s office urged motorists to avoid the area.
“The roadway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time,” according to a Forsyth sheriff’s Facebook post.