Police were called to a home in Loganville, Georgia—approximately 30 miles east of Atlanta—at 4:47 a.m. Thursday by an unidentified woman reporting a stabbing.
When they arrived at the home, they found four children and their father dead and another child with severe injuries. The fifth child has been taken to a nearby hospital and the children’s mother has reportedly been taken into police custody.
It is as yet unclear whether the mother was the woman who called police to the scene; but, early reports seem to indicate that she has become police’s primary suspect in the homicides. A knife was reportedly found at the scene but the coroner has not yet reported an official cause of death.
Police spokesperson, Michele Pihera, spoke to reporters outside the home and stated: “Right now we believe we have everybody involved in this crime,” assuring the surrounding community that they do not believe there is any dangerous suspect still at large in this case. The spokesperson called the crime “horrendous” and reported that they do not yet know what the woman’s motivations were in committing it.
Police have yet to release the identities of the victims or the suspect and only indicated that the man, reported to be the children’s father, was in his mid-30s.
The five murders and additional potentially attempted murder puts Gwinnett County, where the stabbings took place, ahead of its 2014 homicide numbers for the month of July; according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, there were only 3 total homicides in July of 2014 in the entire county.
There were, according to the Center for Disease Control, only 64 stabbing deaths in the entire state of Georgia in 2014. And according to the FBI, there were 1,567 stabbings nationwide in that year. The FBI also indicates that Atlanta, Georgia is one of the nation’s big cities with the highest homicide rates; Atlanta’s rate in 2014 was 20.47 compared with 15.09 in Chicago and 3.93 in New York.
For some perspective, nationally there were 11,961 homicides in 2014, putting stabbings at approximately 13% of the national total. Firearm deaths, by comparison, accounted for approximately 68% of the national homicide total in 2014. And compared with the 64 stabbing deaths in the state of Georgia for 2014 there were 482 firearm related deaths in Georgia that same year.