A Greenwood, South Carolina neighborhood was thrown into chaos yesterday evening when a father took it upon himself to kill five family members before turning the gun on himself, WSPA News reported October 29.
The incident began shortly before 6 p.m. when a man, now identified as Bryan Eugene Sweatt, called police from the 2007 Callison Highway home belonging to his father in law, Richard Allen Fields. During this call Sweatt stated he wanted to hurt someone.
While officers were in route to the home, a second call came in to 911 dispatch from a neighbor, stating four children had run to her home and gunshots had been fired. The children told how Sweatt had shot their mother, Chandra Marie Fields, and tied up their grandparents.
According to Greenwood Sheriff Tony Davis, all of the victims were shot execution style using a large caliber handgun. Dead are
Richard Allen Fields, 51, shot twice
Melissa Kay Maroney Fields, 49, shot 3 times
Chandra Marie Fields, 26, shot once
Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11, shot once
William Asa Robinson, 9, shot once
Bryan Eugene Sweatt, 27, self-inflicted gunshot to the head
An investigator said the four children who escaped were Sweatt's and Chandra Fields' 7-month-old daughter, two other daughters of Chandra, and Chandra's niece. The niece is the sister of the two boys who were killed.Richard and Melissa were the parents of Chandra Marie Fields and mother and father-in-law to Sweatt. Tariq and William Robinson were his nephews.
The four children who survived had been at a neighbors house and had returned home. Sweatt jumped out at them pointing the gun at the children, telling their mother to sit down. The children were then ordered out of the home.
Officers arrived at the home and were unable to get anyone to the door. The SWAT team sent to assist entered the home around 7:30 p.m.
Davis reported the grandparents were found in their bedroom-bathroom area, the children were found in a bedroom and Chandra Fields and Sweatt were found in the living area of the home. There were no signs of a struggle.
It turns out Bryan Sweatt wasn't scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, where he was being brought up on charges relating to a first degree burglary case back in the summer. That was a rumor started on social media pages.
He and Chandra were known by police as having arguments, but state no past physical violence between the couple. Sweatt had been upset over visitation rights over their 7-month-old daughter.
Sweatt was looking at a 30-year prison sentence for the burglary charge, plus he has a criminal record dating back several years.
Sheriff Davis stated in a press conference
"I've been in law enforcement in Greenwood since 1975 and to my knowledge this is the first [situation] that I responded to with this many deceased."
SLED is assisting in the investigation.
Please keep this family in your thoughts. This tragedy has deprived family members of parents, grandparents and siblings.