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Gunman kills four, then shoots self, US police say

RAMPAGE:Police said the gunman had attacked the home of his ex-wife, shooting victims inside and outside the house, including several children as they tried to flee

AP, DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia

Neighbors along a quiet, suburban street outside the US city of Atlanta were left horrified after a man shot six people, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before ending the rampage by turning the gun on himself,

The shooting happened on Saturday about 3pm in a housing development west of Atlanta, Douglas County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Glenn Daniel said.

Horrified neighbors called police and then tried to help the severely injured victims as best they could before rescuers arrived.

The shooter, whose name was not immediately released, appeared to have targeted his ex-wife and her household, shooting victims inside and outside the house, Daniel said. Several children were gunned down as they fled, neighbors said.

Authorities did not release the names of the victims because they were still trying on Saturday to contact the next of kin. Investigators believe the gunman killed himself at the end of the shooting spree. Police were still trying to determine the shooter’s motive and piece together what happened.

“I’ve been in law enforcement out here 20 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Daniel said.

He did not know when the couple divorced or if they had prior contact with police.

Teresa Carter, 59, said she heard the gunfire from inside her home but did not see what happened. Carter said she often saw the children playing in the driveway and around the neighborhood. They enjoyed petting her dog.

“I heard shots, and I heard the girl scream,” Carter said. “And then I heard four more shots.”

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