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.
Evidence is now indicating that the shooting was a murder-suicide, according to Greene County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Capt. Lee Stancill.
Greene County Coroner Jeff Smith released the names of both victims shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The woman was identified as 26-year-old Lajasmar Swain, who lived at the residence where the shooting happened, Smith said.
Swain was shot more than once, Smith said.
She was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:08 a.m. Tuesday.
The man, meanwhile, was identified as Ricardo Evans, 31, of the 300 block of Gaissert Church Road, Sparta, the coroner said.
Evans, who was taken to the emergency room of St.Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital at Lake Oconee by personnel with the Greene County Emergency Medical Services where he was pronounced dead at 6:10 a.m.
He sustained a single gunshot wound to the head, Smith said.
Autopsies are expected to be performed Wednesday 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.