Victim's own gun used in Greenwood mass shooting - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Victim's own gun used in Greenwood mass shooting

Posted: Updated:
Deputies said six people are dead in Greenwood. (Source: iWitness) Deputies said six people are dead in Greenwood. (Source: iWitness)
Chandra Fields, Victim Chandra Fields, Victim
Victim: Richard Allen Fields, 51 Victim: Richard Allen Fields, 51
Victim: Melissa Fields, 49 Victim: Melissa Fields, 49
Victims: William Asa Robinson, 9 & Tariq Robinson, 11 Victims: William Asa Robinson, 9 & Tariq Robinson, 11
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The gun used in the shooting in Greenwood that left six people dead was one owned by the victim, the sheriff's office said on Monday. 

Deputies said Bryan Sweatt killed three adults and two children along with himself in a murder-suicide at a home off Callison Highway Tuesday. They said Sweatt called 911 to warn them he was planning on "hurting himself" moments before shots were fired.

Deputies said the gun Sweatt used was one of the victim's but they were unsure how it came into his possession, the sheriff's office said just over a week after the murders.

Deputies have not released the type of gun used in the shooting at this time, but in the 911 call made before the incident a dispatcher asked Sweatt what type of gun he had and he replied, "a .44."

While officers were on the way to the scene, according to Greenwood County sheriff's spokesperson John Long, they received notice from the 911 center that a neighbor called and said two children from the home arrived at the neighbor's doorstep saying someone had fired shots.

After several unsuccessful attempts to communicate with Sweatt, SWAT teams went into the home and discovered the six dead. Long said they believe the incident resulted from a domestic dispute.

Davis said at a press conference on Wednesday that the victims were Richard Allen Fields, 51; Melissa Maroney Fields, 49; Chandra Marie Fields, 26; Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11; and William Asa Robinson, 9.

The sheriff's office said the gun used in the shooting belonged to Richard Allen Fields.

The sheriff said Sweatt and Chandra Fields had a 7-month-old baby. Sweatt had an issue with his lack of access to the child, according to the sheriff. 

Richard Fields and Melissa Fields were the parents of Chandra Fields, the sheriff confirmed. He also said, William and Tariq were nephews of Chandra Fields.

Two other children were in the house at the time of the shooting, the sheriff said. He said they were let go and went to the neighbor's house.

The sheriff said Sweatt used a "large caliber handgun."

"I've been in law enforcement in Greenwood since 1975 and to my knowledge this is the first [situation] that I responded to with this many deceased," said Davis.

Bryan Sweatt's cousin issued a statement via Facebook early Wednesday evening about the incident. "We love him and miss him very much and we are sorry for what happened," part of the statement read.

SLED crime scene units were called to the scene to assist.

FOX Carolina is on the scene to gather more information. Stay with foxcarolina.com for the latest developments.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow