An adolescent caused the death of his parents and his sister through gunning. He later turned the gun on himself on Friday at one local apartment complex, according to officials. The victims have been distinguished as John Fitzgerald Seward Sr., 55, Mary Ann Powlas, 50, and Erica Nicole Seward, 27. Coroner Darryl Ables stated Johnathan Andrew Seward, 19, was the murderer.
At around 1:27 AM Friday, authorities from Aiken Public were sent off to The Boundary apartments on Silver Bluff Road in response to erupting gunshots. Officers heard another shot being fired from an apartment when they arrived. Following the taking cover, securing of the area of the crime, and calling for backup, they discovered four deceased victims indoors.
Suspect Died Due to Gunshot Wound
The killer, Seward, afterward passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot injury. Autopsies are slated for the suspect and victims. According to family friends, one of the family members that remained alive amid the shooting escaped from the house when gunshots were fired. Officials indicate Theresa Seward, another survivor, was gunned and is currently in critical condition at an Aiken hospital.
According to Ables, gunning is being probed as a murder-suicide. A few details were immediately known after the incident. The Aiken Department of Public Safety issued an incident report with the names of the identified victims indicated. All names excluding the 50-year-old woman bear an identical surname. Despite the crime transpiring hours earlier, investigators remained at the crime scene at around 10:30 AM.