These are the kind of warning signs that should be reported and addressed. Domestic disputes are always the most dangerous conflicts.
The daughter of a northeast 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 on Saturday that she, her mother Angela Dent and her one-year-old daughter hid in a neighbor’s house — barely escaping with their lives — while her father, Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, went on a bloody rampage and killed five people, including her grandmother and cousin.
“He made threats before, but we never thought it would be at this capacity,” Lauren Hawes said. “He’s been kind of a ticking time bomb if you want to put in a few words.”
Capt. Andy Shedd of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the Friday night shootings stemmed from a domestic dispute that left three men and two women dead at two separate locations within about a mile of each other in the community of Appling.
Hawes was found dead inside his garage early Saturday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Shedd told CBS affiliate WDRW. A small fire in the living room led authorities to believe Hawes had attempted to set his home on fire.
Lauren Hawes, 26, confirmed that the bloodshed was connected to a domestic dispute between her parents: her mother had walked out on her father just a week ago. Angela 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.