Darian Bennett also shot and killed the baby’s mother and injured the baby’s grandmother by gunfire at their home in Covington on Saturday night, Sergeant Jack Redlinger from the Newton Sheriff’s office told CNN. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified the infant as Jaquari Bennett. Authorities have not yet identified the baby’s mother or grandmother.
Covington police received a 911 call shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday about an individual who was shot in the area, Redlinger said, and officers encountered two unidentified juveniles, ages 11 and 12, once they arrived at the location.
When the officers entered the home, they found a woman’s deceased body and an older woman with multiple gunshot wounds. The older woman was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center by helicopter and is in critical condition, Redlinger said.
The two women who were found at the Covington home were later identified as Jaquari’s mother and grandmother, according to Redlinger.
“Darian Bennett was the one that shot the baby’s mother and took the baby with him and left the scene,” he added.
An Amber Alert was issued by GBI on behalf of the Newton County Sheriff’s office for the missing toddler.
On Sunday morning, Riverdale police received a call from a man saying he was going to take his own life, Redlinger said.
“Officers were able to track where the call came from and located a vehicle in the parking lot of a church and began searching for the man when they heard gunshots coming from the church,” he added.
Officers went on to search the gazebo area of the church in Riverdale, Redlinger said, and found the man — later identified as Bennett — and Jaquari both deceased from gunshot wounds.
The GBI also confirmed the deaths of Bennett and Jaquari in a post on their Facebook page.