Authorities say preliminary findings in the deaths of three family members in southeast Georgia indicate a woman fatally shot her teenage son and mother before turning the gun on herself.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a news release Wednesday that an autopsy and evidence show 39-year-old Kimberly Gayle Butts was likely responsible for the double homicide-suicide in rural Charlton County.
Butts’ son, 15-year-old Caleb Logan Butts and her 64-year-old mother Jan Elizabeth Kirkland were also killed.
A Charlton County sheriff’s incident report said both women were shot once in the head, while the boy died from multiple gunshots to the chest.
The bodies were found Tuesday by Kimberly Butts’ father, Michael Wilson, who called 911.
WTLV reports that when authorities entered the residence, they smelled a strong odor of gas from the stove in the kitchen and found two of the back burners ignited.
They also found one woman dead near the kitchen with the other woman and the teenager dead in the master bedroom.
Authorities said one of the women had a pink semi-automatic handgun on her left shoulder.
GBI says ballistic and other laboratory examinations are still pending.
Authorities say they are investigating multiple deaths in a rural area of southeast Georgia.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in an email Tuesday that agents had been dispatched to Charlton County, where “there are multiple deaths confirmed.” She gave no other details, but says further information will be provided once next of kin are notified.
GBI later confirmed on Twitter that two females and one teenager have died. They added that “there is no immediate threat to the community.
Dispatcher Tina Myers at the Charlton County Sherriff’s Office says investigators had been sent to the small community of St. George. She says any further information would come from the GBI, the state’s leading law enforcement agency.
Charlton County is located at the Georgia-Florida state line and includes eastern portions of the Okefenokee Swamp.
Some story from WTLV & Associated Press