On Thursday, a 26-year-old man from rural Georgia shot and killed his 50-year-old mother and 74-year-old grandmother. He then drove to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant where he killed 41-year-old assistant manager Amia Smith before killing himself.
According to the local coroner, a Georgia man shot and killed two family members and the manager of a fast food restaurant before killing himself Thursday in rural south Georgia.
The shooter allegedly killed his 50-year-old mother and 74-year-old grandmother at two different locations and a 41-year-old woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Moultrie.
According to Sabrina Holweger, an employee of an optometrist practice near the McDonald’s restaurant, the victim, Amia Smith, was the restaurant’s morning manager and the shooter was also a McDonald’s employee. Holweger suggested the shooting happened when Smith was opening the restaurant for the morning shift and letting the shooter in. She also recounted the frightening experience of her and her colleague arriving at work at 8 a.m., not knowing if the shooter was still at the scene: “It was a very scary situation, not knowing if the shooter was still there,” Holweger said.
The coroner said all three victims had multiple gunshot wounds.
In a telephone interview, Brock said he was unable to understand the reason that led him to act in this way.
He also mentioned that his office was in the process of notifying next of kin, so he declined to release the identities of the deceased.
While McDonald’s confirmed the slain woman was a manager.
Brock also added that he had no information regarding the relationship between the shooter and the McDonald’s manager.
Following the major crime, Moultrie police brought in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation, as is usually the case with such incidents in Georgia. By Thursday night, the GBI had only released a statement confirming multiple deaths at various locations.
GBI Special Agent in Charge Jamy Steinberg said in an email that they were gathering more information and trying to locate additional witnesses. However, Steinberg did not immediately respond to phone and email requests for further information.
Jerry Goodwin, who resided next door to the shooter and his mother and two doors down from the grandmother, told The Associated Press Thursday that his wife heard gunshots before 1 a.m. that day, so that he was sleeping. Goodwin mentioned the young man residing next door had fired a gun and shouted something the day before this week, prompting a response from Moultrie police.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved restaurant manager, and our hearts go out to all of the victims of this senseless act of violence,” Suarez said in a statement provided by McDonald’s Chicago headquarters.
The homicides took place in Moultrie, a rural area in Colquitt County located about 95 kilometers northeast of Tallahassee, Florida. This incident came a day after an Atlanta gunman killed one person and injured four others at a medical facility.
Colquitt County Government Administrator Chas Cannon said while driving his daughter to school on Thursday morning, they passed the McDonald’s, which was cordoned off by police tape and patrol vehicles.
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