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Greenwood Shooting Investigation
Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis said an ongoing custody dispute and domestic fights between he and his girlfriend, may have led to 27-year-old Bryan Sweatt's mass murder of six people including himself. Davis believes Sweatt may have broken into his girlfriend's home where she lived with her parents in Greenwood. Sweat had called 9-1-1 Tuesday to tell them he was suicidal. He also admitted he had a gun.
Here is the list of all five victims investigators said Sweatt murdered before shooting himself fatally in the head.
Richard Allen Fields, 51
Melissa Fields, 49
Chandra Fields, 26
Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11
William Asa Robinson, 9
During a Wednesday news conference Sheriff Davis said he knew Sweatt, who had a lengthy criminal record had skipped a recent court appearance. Davis said the county had had three 9-1-1 calls from the couple fighting but none of the past incidents he said, were violent. Sweatt and Chandra Fields had a 7-month-old daughter together.
"It's my understanding that that was part of the problem, it was custody, the lack of having access to the child," said Sheriff Davis of Sweatt's reported escalating anger towards his girlfriend.
Investigators say Sweatt shot Melissa Fields, his girlfriend's mother three times, his girlfriend's father, Richard Fields, twice in the upper body.
"Chandra Fields received one gun-shot to the head," said Sheriff Davis. 11-year-old Tariq Robinson was shot once in the head his cousin William Asa Robinson was shot twice in the head.
"It's gonna be hard not seeing those kids around anymore," said Jeff Hicks the victim's neighbor.
"It is about the kids. Those children lost their lives and never had a chance to go through this life."