The house in Callison, SC in Greenwood County where a standoff led to six people dead (image courtesy WSPA)
By David Dykes, The Greenville News
CALLISON, S.C. - Residents were trying to come to grips Wednesday with a horrific night of violence that left six people dead in a small home on a wooded lot in this sprawling, rural Greenwood County.
The dead were found Tuesday night by SWAT team members who arrived at the home after a man called authorities and said he was thinking about hurting himself, Greenwood County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Long said.
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Long said the bodies were discovered when the SWAT team entered the house "after several unsuccessful attempts to make contact" with someone inside.
Authorities found the bodies of four adults and two children, including the body of the man they believe called police,The dead ranged in age from 9 to early 50s, Long said. He could not immediately say how the six were killed.
A preliminary investigation indicates the deaths were related to "a domestic-related incident," Long said. He declined to call it a murder-suicide.
Neighbor Jeff Hicks described the home where the shootings took place as a quiet residence where children often rode four-wheelers in the yard.
Yellow crime tape surrounded the single-story residence. Hicks, who lives about 100 yards down a dirt road, said a friend telephoned him Tuesday night to alert himof trouble at the home of neighbors.
He heard ambulance sirens and a report of hostages being taken, Hicks said. Some children were freed and ran to safety, he said.
Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY; Associated Press