November 24, 2020

Five Killed in Douglasville Shooting

 (Douglasville, GA via ajc.com) — As she ran from her Douglas County home, a teenager pleaded with her father who chased her with a shiny gun in his hand.

“No! Daddy! Please Daddy! No Daddy!,” neighbors heard her scream.

But it didn’t stop him. Cedric Prather had already shot and killed his ex-wife, her boyfriend and his own son inside the home. Outside, he shot his two daughters and another girl before turning the gun on himself. One of those girls died, and the other two were critically injured.

On Sunday, neighbors and friends recounted how they watched horrified as the shootings unfolded on Willow Tree Circle. Lots of people were outside enjoying the warm sunny Saturday afternoon. Some of those same people rushed to help the three girls as they lay shot in the road.

Prather, 33, had dressed in all black and driven into the neighborhood, neighbors told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nick Cook said he’d seen Prather walking up the street talking on his cell phone and pacing about 10 minutes before shots were fired. “It was over the stupidest things,” Cook said. “It was over child support and taxes.”

At some point, Prather entered his ex-wife’s home, where he shot her, her boyfriend and his own son, authorities said. Next, neighbors saw the three girls run from the house. The oldest of the three girls was the one begging him to stop. Four gunshots later, all three girls and the gunman were bleeding in the street, witnesses said.

5 die in Douglas: Teen pleaded with father to stop shooting photo

Syndy Aguilera, 14, wipes away tears after leaving a stuffed animal at the scene where seven people were shot in Douglasville. (Photo: AJC)

LaToya Andrews and Joseph Brown, both 33, died at the scene of the shooting in the Amber Forest neighborhood near Douglasville, Lt. Glenn Daniel said. A 7-year-old boy died at the scene and a 9-year-old girl died after being taken to the hospital, Daniel said. Authorities did not release the children’s names.

Prather died from his self-inflicted injuries at an Atlanta hospital. On Sunday, two girls — a 15-year-old and an 8-year-old — remained in critical, but stable condition, Daniel said. Brown’s daughter was one of them, a family friend said.

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