GBI investigating murder-suicide in Tift County

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed there was a murder-suicide Monday morning in Tift County and agents are still on the scene.

According to investigators, a conflict began around midnight but officers were not called until 6:30 am when the surviving victim was able to reach a telephone.

A gunman opened fire on three people, killing two and injuring another before shooting and killing himself.

The surviving victim has been airlifted to an area hospital and is stable. Agents are waiting to question him.

Below is the press release from officials.

Three found dead at a residence in Tift County

On Monday, March 26, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Sylvester Office and the Tift County Sheriff's Office began a joint investigation into a murder /suicide that occurred in Tift County Georgia. Two adults discovered deceased inside the residence located at 103 Iniss Road, Tifton, Georgia, have been identified as James Williams Peters, Sr., approximately 57 years of age and Shirley Ann Peters, approximately 53 years of age. Both had sustained what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A third person also found deceased at the residence was identified as Darrell Dewayne Ward, approximately 43 years of age, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.

So far, the crime scene examination and interviews conducted by the GBI and the Tift County authorities indicate that sometime after 10 p.m. on March 25, 2012, Darrell Ward drove to the Peters' residence, armed with a handgun, and mortally wounded James and Shirley Peters, shot their daughter, and then fatally shot himself. The daughter is expected to recover from the injuries that she sustained during the attack.

The bodies of the deceased are being transported to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsies.

The investigation by the GBI, Tift County Sheriff's Office and the Tift County Coroner's Office continues.