The Latest: Family shooter’s daughter says “Dad was a ticking time bomb”

Lauren Hawes confirms her father's killing spree that left 5 dead was connected to a domestic dispute between her parents.

APPLING, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on shootings in Georgia that left five people dead, plus a suspect who apparently killed himself (all times local):

(4/24/2016)   

5:00 PM — The daughter of Georgia man suspected of shooting five people to death before killing himself says her mother hid with them at a neighbor’s house during the bloody rampage.

Lauren Hawes says she, her mother, Angela Dent, and her 1-year-old daughter hid while her father, Wayne Anthony Hawes, went on a shooting rampage that killed five people including her grandmother and cousin.

Lauren Hawes confirms the bloodshed was connected to a domestic dispute between her parents. Her mother had walked out on her father just a week ago. Dent had left before — but this time, she took her possessions with her to prevent Hawes from destroying them as he had done in the past.

The 26-year-old daughter says her parents had known each since they were teenagers, and had a common law marriage.

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3:30 PM — A woman says a neighborhood is devastated after a Georgia man shot five people to death before he killed himself.

Ola Murray of Appling in northeast Georgia said Saturday that she was saddened by the events Friday, when 50-year-old Wayne Anthony Hawes shot three women and two men to death. Authorities tracked him down at his home, where authorities said they found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Murray says she would see him around the neighborhood and he would often say hello while passing by.

Murray says she thought Hawes was a nice guy, but said he made a “stupid” decision.

Murray says she knew two of the five victims – Lizzy Williams and Shelly Williams – but didn’t know why Hawes sought to kill them.

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12:10 PM — The daughter of a Georgia man suspected of shooting five people to death before killing himself says her father was a “ticking time bomb.”

Lauren Hawes told The Associated Press Saturday that she and her 1-year-old daughter hid in a neighbor’s house while her father, Wayne Anthony Hawes, went on a shooting rampage that killed five people, including her grandmother and cousin.

Lauren Hawes says her 50-year-old father had threatened to kill her grandmother and mother a day before the fatal shootings.

Lauren Hawes says her father was upset after her mother ended their relationship. She says her father kicked both her and her daughter out of his home two about weeks ago.

Columbia County Sheriff Captain Andy Shedd said in a statement that Hawes’ body was recovered Saturday by authorities in his northeastern Georgia home.

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5:30 AM — A man who shot and killed five people during two separate shootings as part of a domestic dispute in Georgia was found dead in his home early Saturday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The body of shooting suspect 50-year-old Wayne Anthony Hawes was recovered Saturday by authorities in his northeastern Georgia home, Columbia County Sheriff Captain Andy Shedd said in a statement. Shedd said the Friday night shootings stem from a domestic dispute that left three men and two women dead.

The victims found at the home on Johnson Drive were identified as Roosevelt Burns, 75, Rheba Mae Dent, 85, and Trequila Clark, 31. Victims found at the Washington Road scene were identified as Lizzy Williams, 59, and Shelly Williams, 62.

Hawes knew the victims and the shootings stemmed from a domestic incident, Shedd said.

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