South Carolina Murder-Suicide: Six found dead, including two children, in "domestic-related" incident

Authorities at scene of apparent quintuple murder/suicide in Greenwood Count, S.C. Oct. 29, 2013
Authorities at scene of apparent quintuple murder/suicide in Greenwood Count, S.C. Oct. 29, 2013

(CBS/AP) GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. - Six people were found dead by SWAT team members who arrived at a S.C. home after a man called 911 and said he was thinking about hurting himself.

Photos: South Carolina Mass Murder-Suicide

Authorities found the bodies of four adults and two children Tuesday night, including the body of the man they believe called police, Greenwood County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Long told The Associated Press. The ages of the dead ranged from 9 years old to early 50s, Long said. He could not immediately say how the six were killed.

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 that 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.

According to CBS affiliate WLTX, initial radio dispatches indicate a suspect entered the home and tied up the alleged victims.

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 identities of the victims have not been released. An investigation is ongoing.

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.


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