WHITE PLAINS, Ga. - A double-shooting at a residence in the tiny town of White Plains in Greene County early Tuesday has left a woman and a man dead from apparent gunshot wounds, local authorities say.
Authorities say an 8-year-old child was at the residence at the time of the shooting, but was not injured.
The fatal shooting is believed to have involved only the two victims and the public is not in any danger, according to Greene County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Capt. Lee Stancill.
Greene County Coroner Jeff Smith said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man died later at the local hospital.
Autopsies will be performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Decatur to determine exactly what caused the victims’ deaths, Smith said.
A medical examiner will determine such findings, the coroner said.
As of Tuesday morning, the names of the victims were being withheld by authorities to ensure that relatives had been informed.
The shooting is believed to have happened shortly before 2 a.m. because that is when the sheriff’s office received a 911 call to respond to the residence on the 1900 block of Jordan’s Mill Road.
When deputies got to the residence, they discovered a woman dead of an apparent gunshot wound, as well as a man who had been shot and who later died, too.
“The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has sought assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and they are leading the investigation,” Capt. Stancill said.
Mary Chandler, special agent in-charge of the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville is leading the investigation.
A crime scene specialist with the GBI still was involved in processing the scene where the double-shooting happened during daylight hours Tuesday, Capt. Stancill said.
The sheriff’s office spokesman said additional information would be released later as the case unfolds.