GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. Six people - -including two children -- were found dead in a home in Greenwood County, S.C. Tuesday evening after a man called authorities and said he was thinking about hurting himself.
CBS Spartanburg, S.C. affiliate WSPA-TV quotes Sheriff Tony Davis as saying the dead ranged in age from nine to early 50s.
A preliminary investigation indicates the deaths were related to "a domestic-related incident," Long said. He declined to call it a murder-suicide.
Officers first went to the home in Greenwood County after receiving a call from a man who said he was thinking about hurting himself, Long said. He said while police were on their way, one of the man's neighbors called 911 saying four children from that address had arrived at her house and told her a shot had been fired. He said the children remained at her house.
After about an hour and "several unsuccessful attempts" by officers to make contact with anyone in the home, the SWAT team entered and discovered the bodies, Long said.
The county coroner's office did not immediately respond to an email seeking the deceased's cause of death and identities.
Early Wednesday morning, yellow police tape surrounded the one-story home on a rural stretch of road south of Greenwood, a city of about 23,000 in northwestern South Carolina.
Authorities say a gun was the weapon involved.
"I think South Carolina, I saw on the Internet, is number five in the nation as far as violence. We rank pretty high as far as domestic violence. I wish I had an answer for it. I don't" said Davis Tuesday night.