And more details have unfolded regarding the incident, but investigators are still trying to determine what motivated the shooting, which happened three days after the wife left the couple’s home in Roswell, police said.
Dan Wilkins, 65, shot his estranged wife, 54-year-old Sharon Wilkins, multiple times with a 40-caliber glock before turning the gun on himself, according to the Sandy Springs police.
On Monday, Sharon Wilkins had left the couple’s home at 670 Wood Valley Trace and moved in to her mother’s home at 7545 Chaparral Drive in a neighborhood off Dunwoody Club Drive, police said. Wilkins had apparently filed for a temporary protective order for domestic violence against her estranged husband, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Around 9 a.m., Dan Wilkins showed up at the mother’s home and shot his wife, police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose said. It’s unclear how Wilkins got inside the home, police said. The mother called 911 to report the shooting and officers had arrived at the scene when they heard one more shot fired, Rose said.
“It was probably him shooting himself at that time,” Rose said.
When officers entered the home, they found Sharon Wilkin suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Sgt. Ron Momon said. The woman was rushed to North Fulton Hospital where she died a short time later, the spokesman said. Officers also found Dan Wilkins dead of a gunshot wound to the head inside the home, police said. The mother was not injured, they said.
Shortly after the shooting, officers obtained a search warrant for the couple’s home in Roswell, Roswell police spokesman Officer Zachary Frommer said. But just before they entered the home, investigators learned that Wilkins had sent a text message to a family member, which raised their concern that he may have planned more than just the murder, Frommer said.
A sniffing dog was brought in to check the home for explosives and after officers deemed it was safe, they entered the home, Frommer said. He declined to comment on what if anything was found in the home or release any information about the text.
The shooting in the Sandy Springs neighborhood has surprised residents who said it’s a close-knit neighborhood.
“We take care of each other,” Anita Mize told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.“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 told the paper she didn’t hear anything unusual Wednesday morning, but added that her next-door neighbors were sitting in their sunroom when they heard about six gunshots.
Mize said the shooting took place inside 86-year-old Pat Markey’s home and that the daughter had just moved in to the home.
“Apparently, she felt like she had to get out of a situation.”