Sandy Springs police Wednesday were investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a home near Dunwoody Country Club.
Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon said they received an “active shooter” call to a home in the 7000 block of Chaparral Drive, in a neighborhood off Dunwoody Club Drive, just before 9 a.m.
“Officers arrived on the scene, immediately entered the residence, and upon entering the residence, they heard several shots fired,” Momon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The officers found a man dead from what Momon said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers also found a woman who had been shot multiple times.
The woman, later identified by police as 54-year-old Sharon Wilkins, died at North Fulton Hospital, according to Momon. Wednesday afternoon, police identified the man as Dan Wilkins, the estranged husband of Sharon Wilkins. Dan Wilkins, 65, drove from his Roswell home on Wood Valley Trail to the Sandy Springs home, where his wife was staying with her mother.
Momon said Sharon Wilkins’s mother placed the 911 call. The older woman was not injured, according to police.
Neighbor Anita Mize described the neighborhood as close-knit.
“We take care of each other,” Mize said.
“We make it a point to know one another. Not in detail, but we know the comings and goings and if we see a truck that’s not supposed to be around, we notify everybody to keep the neighborhood safe.”
Mize said that while she didn’t hear anything unusual Wednesday morning, “my next-door neighbors were sitting in their sunroom and heard the gunshots.” Her neighbor told her he heard six gunshots, she said.
Mize said the shooting took place inside 86-year-old Pat Markey’s home.
“Her daughter had just moved in Saturday,” Mize said. “Apparently, she felt like she had to get out of a situation.”
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