published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Georgia police identify suspect in deadly shooting rampage; gunman killed himself after crashing car

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Authorities have identified the 20-year-old gunman they say went on a violent rampage before killing himself Tuesday in northwest Georgia.

Bartow County Sheriff Clark Milsap tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Austin Denzel Tyler arrived at a Cartersville home shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and began shooting. Three people were hit, and a man identified Wednesday as 64-year-old Royce Randal Hobgood died.

Police say Tyler drove less than 4 miles, crashed into a home, then shot and injured one man. The sheriff says Tyler then returned to his vehicle and drove a short distance before carjacking two people.

Milsap says deputies chased the stolen vehicle as it crashed twice. Police then found Tyler inside dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officials have told Georgia news outlets that they believe the crimes were drug-related.

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