Police say that the six people found dead in a South Carolina home were all involved in a domestic dispute. The shooter, 27-year-old Bryan Sweatt, was one of the dead. He had taken his own life to end a rampage that shook the town of Greenwood.
He was reportedly expected in court that day, but failed to appear. The others were a woman he had previously dated and had a child with, her parents and her other two children.
They were identified by Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis, at a press conference Wednesday as Richard Allen Fields, 51, Melissa Maroney Fields, 49, Chandra Marie Fields, 26, Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11, and William Asa Robinson, 9, according to Fox News.
“I’ve been in law enforcement in Greenwood since 1975, and to my knowledge, this is the first that I responded to with this many deceased,” Davis said. He said that the shooter and his ex-girlfriend mired in a custody dispute over their infant child. He added that he believes Sweatt entered the home when no one was there, then waited on them to return.
Officers first responded to a call from a man in Greenwood County who said he was thinking about hurting himself, Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Long said. While police were on their way, one of the man’s neighbors called 911. She told operators that two children from that house had arrived at her house and told her a shot had been fired.
The SWAT team tried to contact people inside the home they had surrounded, but after about an hour of unsuccessful attempts, they busted in and discovered the six bodies.
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