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Suspect in Georgia mass shooting that killed 4 people is dead, official says

Jul 16, 2023, 5:00 AM | Updated: 4:03 pm

Hampton Police Department Chief James Turner speaks at a press conference following the shooting. P...

Hampton Police Department Chief James Turner speaks at a press conference following the shooting. Photo credit: WANF

(CNN) — Andre Longmore, the man accused of fatally shooting four people in Hampton, Georgia, Saturday morning is dead, according to Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett.

Longmore, 40, was shot and killed during a standoff with police, Scandrett announced during a Sunday news conference. He said authorities tracked the suspect and confronted him.

“The suspect returned fire and hit the ground running,” the sheriff said, adding authorities chased him down and “he produced a handgun again.”

Authorities then engaged in another gun fight with Longmore, leaving him dead and two officers injured, Scandrett said. One of the officers is severely injured and was life-flighted to a hospital.

“He was hit in the rear of his back,” the sheriff said. “He is conscious, breathing and talking.”

The sheriff called it an “absolute honor” to serve with those officers and said those in the community “can breathe a little bit easier, sleep a little better tonight. This monster is off of our streets.”

Longmore is accused of fatally shooting and killing four people, sparking a manhunt across Atlanta as police departments across the metro region worked to track him down.

The mass shooting was reported around 10:45 a.m. ET Saturday, Hampton police Chief James Turner said at a Saturday afternoon news conference.

The incident happened in an area close to the Dogwood Lakes subdivision in Hampton – about 29 miles south of Atlanta – an area that features lake-front homes and a nearby baptist church.

Turner said the victims were all adults, three men and one woman. He added authorities were not releasing the names of the victims to allow the families to be notified.

Authorities were offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Longmore’s arrest. “The suspect is known to be armed and dangerous,” Scandrett said Saturday, vowing to “hunt” Longmore down.

Authorities on Saturday said a motive wasn’t clear and said they didn’t believe Longmore was related to any of the victims.

On Saturday, Hampton Mayor Ann Tarpley said “today is a sad and somber occasion” and vowed the person responsible would be held responsible and “brought to justice.”

“We ask that you lift up the families and the victims in your prayers, your thoughts, and that you give them the privacy that they may need to overcome this horrific tragedy,” she went on.

The shooting is one of at least 387 mass shootings in the United States in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The archive, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one that injured or killed four or more people, not including the shooter.

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Suspect in Georgia mass shooting that killed 4 people is dead, official says