Five people were confirmed dead in two connected shootings on Friday night (Saturday morning in Asia) in Appling, Georgia, while eight members of a family were also shot dead in Ohio, authorities said.
One of the shootings took place in the 3000 block of Johnson Drive and a second shooting occurred just a short distance away on Rosemont Road near the Washington Road intersection.
“We’re working a multiple shooting. We have 5 victims, and the sheriff’s department is looking for the shooter. And that’s all I can tell you right now because we haven’t finished processing the crime scene,” Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins told reporters.
Four victims died at the scenes of the shootings and a fifth died while being rushed to Augusta University Medical Center.
The suspect was identified as 50-year-old Wayne Anthony Hawes. He remained at large as of this reporting.
In Ohio, a manhunt was on for the killer of eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her.
The victims were fatally shot in the head on Friday in four homes in Pike County.
Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said three children, including the newborn, survived the grisly killings that left seven adults and a 16-year-old boy dead.
DeWine said there were no indications that any of the dead killed themselves, and Reader said if the shooter or shooters are at large, they should be considered armed and “extremely dangerous.” – BusinessNewsAsia.com