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Three Dead, Two Wounded in Georgia Shooting

November 7, 1989

ANDERSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ A man killed his wife and mother and wounded two other family members before fatally shooting himself, but a blind man, a baby and two children escaped the rampage unharmed, police said.

Authorities said 28-year-old Tony Frederick started firing a shotgun at his relatives in his mother’s home after an argument.

″He wiped his family out. I just don’t understand. We may never know why it happened,″ Sumter County Sheriff Randy Howard said.

The shootings occurred at the home of Polly Mae Frederick in the southwest Georgia city.

Tony Frederick, who lived in Sumter County, and his 20-year-old wife, Gwendolyn, had gone to his mother’s house to do laundry Monday afternoon, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead.

After the argument began, Frederick shot the two women in the head, killing both, Bankhead said.

Frederick’s 33-year-old sister, Jackie, ran outside to lead their blind brother, LeRoy, to safety. But the gunman followed and shot his sister in the head, authorities said.

In her arms was her unharmed, 4-month-old baby.

Jackie Frederick underwent surgery Monday night at Columbus Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition, according to nursing supervisor June Say.

After she was shot, LeRoy Frederick ran to a highway, and got the attention of a truck driver, who called police.

Police failed to persuade Frederick to come outside, and eventually fired a tear-gas canister into the house. Officers found him dead and a niece, Tammy Watts, hiding under a bed with a gunshot wound in her side, Bankhead said.

Ms. Watts was in stable condition at Sumter Regional Hospital in nearby Americus.

Ms. Watts’ children, 4-year-old Deandra Frederick and 2-year-old Carla Watts, were found huddled in a locked parked car, where they apparently fled when the shooting began, Bankhead said.

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