Law enforcement officials said Monday that child support and taxes were at the center of an argument that led up to a man killing his ex-wife and three others at an Atlanta-area home.
Cedric Prather, 33, used a .45 caliber handgun to shoot and kill his ex-wife, Latoya Andrews, and two children on Saturday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. Andrews' friend Joseph Brown, 33, also was killed, and two adolescents were critically wounded, officials said.
Prather then shot himself and died at a local hospital, officials said.
Police received a call about the shooting at the Douglasville, Ga., home around 3 p.m. Saturday, said Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel.
When police arrived, they found multiple fatalities, he said.
"It's a very tragic situation," Daniel said. "When you have children involved, it tugs at your heart. I've never seen anything like this in our county."
Douglasville has a population of 30,000 and is about 20 miles west of Atlanta.