A South Carolina man killed his estranged girlfriend before turning the gun
on her parents, nephews and then himself, police said.
Bryan Eugene Sweatt, 27, is alleged to have killed five family members, ranging
in age from 9 to 51 years old, Tuesday night in Greenwood, S.C., according to
the Greenwood Sheriff’s Office, which characterized the rampage as a
Just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday night, sheriff’s deputies received a call from
a man who said “he needed a deputy because he was thinking about hurting
himself and then disconnected the line,” said sheriff’s office spokesman John
While SWAT officers were on the way and the man was still on the line, a 911
dispatcher overheard a woman saying “do not point that at me,” according to a
police report obtained by ABCNews.com
Just after the police received the call from the man, later identified as
Sweatt, a neighbor contacted police to tell them that the children of Sweatt’s
girlfriend Chandra Fields, 26, came to her home and reported Sweatt had “shot
our mother and tied our grandparents up,” according to police.
The oldest of the four surviving children later told police that they saw
Sweatt tie up their grandparents in a back bedroom. Police have not released
the names or ages of the children.
Deputies arrived on the scene followed by a SWAT team and found the bodies
of six people inside the home.
The victims included Chandra Fields, who was shot execution style in the
head. Her parents Richard Fields, 51, was shot in the upper body, and her
mother Melissa Fields, 49, sustained three gunshots.
Fields’ two nephews, an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old, were both found dead
at the scene, each with a single gunshot wound to the end.
“I cannot tell you, at this particular point, that I have all the answers,”
Sheriff Tony Davis told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
In nearly four decades of police work, Davis said, he “never had anything of