An undated photo of Wayne Anthony Hawes
Columbia County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office 

In yet another tragic mass shooting, a 50-year-old Georgia man took the lives of five people before turning the gun on himself Friday.

Local station WRDW reports that Wayne Anthony Hawes was discovered dead at his home in Appling, Ga, a town that is part of the Augusta, Ga., metropolitan area.

Police say that Hawes may have become unhinged after learning of his wife’s plans of divorce. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Hawes’ wife was not among his victims but some of her family members were.

Columbia County, Ga., Coroner Vernon Collins confirms that three people—Roosevelt Burns, 75; 
Rheba Mae Dent, 85; and
 Kelia Clark, 31—were gunned down at a home 20 miles west of Augusta. Two others—Lizzy Williams, 59, and
 Shelly Williams, 62—were shot dead about a mile away.

Police say that Hawes tried unsuccessfully to burn down his home after the homicidal spree.


Read more at WRDW and the Augusta Chronicle.