Deputies, firefighters and emergency crews investigate a homicide along Cherokee Trail in Pickens County. (May 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Carly and Sawyer Simpson. (Source: School District of Pickens County)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said a Dacusville woman shot and killed her two children and tried to kill her husband Tuesday morning.
Deputies said they discovered the shooting after they were first dispatched to a wreck along Cherokee Trail when a pickup truck crashed before 6 a.m.
At the crash, Pickens County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Creed Hashe said deputies found an injured woman inside the vehicle and learned the truck was registered to 307 Cherokee Tr. When deputies went to the home about the accident, they found the shooting victims, Hashe said.
According to the arrest warrants, 35-year-old Suzanna Simpson was found in the wrecked vehicle and told responding paramedics who were helping her, "OK, OK, I shot my whole family."
Following the wreck, three 911 calls were made including one where the caller urged police to get to the scene, saying, "Something is not right here."
Clark said Simpson shot and killed her 5-year-old son Sawyer Simpson, 7-year-old daughter Carly Simpson and tried to kill her husband 34-year-old Michael Simpson. As of Wednesday night, Michael Simpson remained in critical condition at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Deputies signed four arrest warrants for Suzanna Simpson - two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
She will be booked into the county jail once she is released from the hospital where she remained in fair condition Wednesday night, according to hospital officials.
According to the warrants, Suzanna Simpson told an emergency room nurse she shot her family and tried to shoot herself but could not do it.
Both children attended Dacusville Elementary School where students, faculty and staff said they are mourning their loss. A vigil will be held at the school at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
"Both students were very special to the faculty, staff and children of our school," said Principal Dr. Michael Fleming. "Carly had a beautiful smile that brightened everyone's day. Sawyer's excitement for learning was contagious. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family."
Carly's first grade teacher Nancy Zeigler said she was "sweetness defined" and was a leader in the classroom loved by all.
Sawyer was in 4K and was "enthusiastic, adventurous and creative," according to his teacher Jama Freeman.
Grief counselors will be on hand Wednesday for students and staff while the parents of Carly and Sawyer's classmates will be contacted by staff.
The Highway Patrol said their MAIT team is assisting in the investigation along with State Law Enforcement Division agents.
Cherokee Trail was closed to through traffic on Tuesday and drivers need to find an alternate route.
Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said autopsies would be performed on the children Wednesday. She said they both died from gunshots wounds at their home.
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