At least four people have been killed in a mass shooting in Georgia – one suspect is still at large.
The shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Lakes area of Hampton, Henry County officials said in a statement.
“The suspect is still at large and the public should avoid the area,” the statement continued.
“There is a heavy police presence.”
Three men and one woman were confirmed dead.
At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Hampton Police Chief James Turner said Andre Longmore, 40, was being chased out of Hampton – and was considered armed and dangerous.
A $10,000 (£7,639) reward is available for information leading to Longmore’s arrest and prosecution, Sheriff Reginald Scandrett said.
Addressing Longmore directly, Mr Scandrett said: ‘Wherever you are, we will hunt you down, whatever hole you are hiding in, and hold you in custody.’ Period.’
Hampton, an American city of about 8,500 people, is about 40 miles south of Atlanta.
Several local law enforcement agencies are assisting the investigation, as is the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
News of the shooting comes after six months of the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in more than 15 years was revealed.
There have been 28 mass killings in the country since January 1, according to a database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.
According to the database, more than 140 people were killed in the United States between early January and late June.
The staggering death toll is the highest in the first six months of any year since the database was created in 2006.
All but one of these attacks were carried out by persons armed with firearms.
Earlier this year, researchers estimated that mass killings occurred every 6.53 days that year.
If the US maintains this pace, it’s on track to match or surpass last year’s 42.
“We used to say it was two to three dozen a year,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern criminology professor who maintains the database.
“The fact that there are 28 in half a year is a breathtaking statistic.”
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