Update: Sheriff names six killed in Greenwood Co. murder-suicide

October 29, 2013 

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. Wednesday): Sheriff Tony Davis of Greenwood County released at a Wednesday afternoon press conference gruesome details of a murder-suicide in the Callison community that claimed six lives.

Davis said Bryan Eugene Sweatt, 27, shot his girlfriend, two of her nephews and her two parents before turning the large-caliber handgun on himself.

"I cannot tell you, at this particular point, that I have all the answers," Davis said.

The victims were:

* Richard Allen Fields, 51, who was shot twice in the upper body; * Melissa Kay Fields, 49, who was shot three times; * Chandra Marie Fields, 26, who was shot once in the head; * Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11, who was shot once in the head; and * William Asa Robinson, 9, who was shot twice in the head.

Davis said he has been in law enforcement in the area since 1975 and has "never had anything of this magnitude."

ORIGINAL STORY: Six people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Callison, south of Greenwood Tuesday.

The dead include four adults and two children, Greenwood County Sheriff Department spokesman John Long said in an email.

The tragedy unfolded Tuesday evening in a home located at 2007 Callison Highway, about 10 miles southwest of Greenwood.

Around 5:35 p.m. a male caller to the sheriff’s department said he was thinking about hurting himself. He then disconnected. Deputies were dispatched to the scene and as they were en route, another call came in to the sheriff’s department, this time from a neighbor. The neighbor told authorities that children from the scene of the shooting came to her house and told of shots being fired. The children remained at her house, according to The Associated Press.

When deputies arrived on scene, they tried to make contact with the original caller. After several unsuccessful attempts a SWAT team entered the residence and found six bodies.

“We believe this is a domestic related incident,” Long said.

The ages of the dead ranged from 9 years old to early 50s, Long told the Associated Press. He could not immediately say how the six were killed.

The Index-Journal reported an anonymous law enforcement official had identified a 27-year-old Greenwood man as the suspected hostage-taker, indicating he was among those found dead and had killed himself.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was on scene late Tuesday night. The investigation continues.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe, Staff Reports & The Associated Press

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