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Five Dead, Two Hospitalized From Shooting In Douglasville

A couple embraces as they wait after requesting to speak with police officers upon arriving at the shooting scene in Douglasville, where five people are dead, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.
A couple embraces as they wait after requesting to speak with police officers upon arriving at the shooting scene in Douglasville, where five people are dead, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.
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Officials in Douglas County have identified the victims in a weekend shooting that left five dead and two hospitalized.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Captain Bruce Ferguson says 33-year-old Cedric Prather Jr. fatally shot his ex-wife, LaToya Andrews, and her boyfriend, Joseph Terry Brown, both 33.

Ferguson also shot and killed his 7-year-old daughter, London, and his 7-year-old son, Jerimiah, before killing himself.

Two other children remain hospitalized in critical condition: Brown’s 7-year-old daughter, Jada, and Andrews’ 15-year-old daughter, Demesha.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department says the gunman and his ex-wife had been arguing over taxes and child-support prior to Saturday’s shooting.

“He just snapped, or had had enough,” Ferguson said.

A third child of Andrews and Prather, a 13-year-old boy, was not at home at the time of the shooting. In all, Prather fired at least eight shots using a .45 caliber handgun, and had ammunition to shoot more. The sheriff’s department says it’s working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine whether Prather owned the gun legally and held a license.

Ferguson said Prather and Andrews had been married for 11 years divorced for five. He said there was no prior history of domestic abuse, and nothing in Prather’s record that would have raised red flags.