Authorities ID shooter, victims in mass murder-suicide
GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Authorities in Greenwood County have released the identity of a man responsible for the deaths of six people, including two children and himself.
Sheriff Tony Davis said 27-year-old Bryan Eugene Sweatt of Greenwood shot and killed three adults and two children inside a home on Callison Highway before killing himself Tuesday evening.
Authorities identified the victims as Chandra Marie Fields, 26, Richard Allen Fields, 51, Melissa Maroney Fields, 49, Tariq Robinson, 11, and William Robinson, 9.
Richard and Melissa Fields are Chandra's parents. The two boys, Tariq and William, are Chandra's nephews, Davis said.
Autopsies indicate Richard Fields and William Robinson were each shot twice, Chandra Fields and Tariq Williams were shot once, and Melissa Fields was shot three times. Sweatt died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sweatt used a large-caliber handgun to carry out the slayings, Davis said. The sheriff did not know how Sweatt obtained the firearm.
Davis said all of the victims were located in different rooms of the house. When asked if the victims had been executed, Davis said "Yes."
Four other children were able to escape from the home and run to a neighbor's house. Two of the surviving children are neighbors, one is Chandra's child and the other is Bryan and Chandra's a 7-month-old girl, the sheriff said.
Davis said Sweatt and Chandra Fields were in a relationship at one point and were in the middle of a custody battle over the little girl. She is now in Department of Social Services custody.
The sheriff said investigators had no indication that Sweatt had planned the killings.
Sweatt has an extensive criminal background including a pending burglary case. He was out of jail on bond, according to Davis.
According to Davis, Sweatt had missed a recent court appearance.
"I see nothing in his prior record that would indicate anything of this magnitude," said Davis.
On a Facebook page titled "Bryan N Chandra", which includes several photos of Sweatt and Fields, a series of posts indicate mounting trouble for the couple.
On October 9, Sweatt posted a message in response to a post he had written earlier in the day regarding God looking down on people keeping loved ones from him.
"im about to lose it i just want someone to talk to and be here with me so bad im about to just get in tha truck and ram it in tha biggest [expletive removed] pole i can find nobody gives a [expletive removed] about me cuz of what that stupid [expletive removed] done to me she played me for to long i cant take it anymore ive ask for someone just to be here for me to take my mind off doing somthing stupid to hurt myself i cant take tha pain anymore just dont mess me back yall have yalls own probs to worry about."
On October 28, Sweatt posted a message to his daughter. "... is so beautiful and Daddy loves you with all his heart and soul u will always be my number one baby......"
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting with the investigation.
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