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NOTE: Please use discretion when listening to the calls -- they are extremely intense and devastating to hear.

911 call audio from the Greenwood Index-Journal
The first call is from Bryan Sweatt. The next two calls are from a neighbor, where 4 children ran to seek refuge.

911 call audio from the Greenwood Index-Journal
The first call is from Bryan Sweatt. The next two calls are from a neighbor, where 4 children ran to seek refuge.

NOTE: Please use discretion when listening to the calls -- they are extremely intense and devastating to hear.

911 calls released after 6 dead including 2 children in SC murder-suicide

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Sweatt and the crime scene. Sweatt and the crime scene.
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GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. (AP) - Chilling 911 calls have been released after a man in a custody dispute with a onetime girlfriend broke into her parents' home and fatally shot 5 people before killing himself, the sheriff said.

The dead include four adults and two children, including the gunman, who dodged a court appearance Tuesday where he could have been sentenced up to 30 years in prison.

Sheriff Tony Davis said the victims, who had all been shot in the head, were discovered by a SWAT team that entered the house "after several unsuccessful attempts to make contact" with someone inside.

Davis identified the alleged gunman as Bryan Sweatt, age 27, who was among the dead. Sweatt faced between 20 and 25 years behind bars for crimes he was supposed to be in court for Tuesday, according to Davis.

The 911 calls include one from Sweatt himself, who calls to say that he is thinking about taking his life -- with a agonizing scream from a victim just before he hangs up" "Don't point that at me!"

Two other calls are from a neighbor who took in 4 children that fled from the shooting scene with one woman screaming to children "Lock the door!"

The calls also include a young girl on the phone describing "Bryan" shooting a gun in the house after the girl's mother disappeared.

Chandra Marie Fields, age 26, who was Sweatt's one-time girlfriend and mother of their child, was among the dead, Davis said.

The other victims were Richard Fields, 51, and his wife, Melissa Fields, 49, and two of their grandchildren, Tariq Robinson, 11, and William Asa Robinson, age 9, Davis said.

 The incident began as a domestic dispute between Sweatt and his former girlfriend about the custody of their child, according to the sheriff.

 Davis believes Sweatt broke into the home and was waiting for the victims.

The suspect, who police say had a history of violence, reportedly called the sheriff's office saying he was feeling "edgy," WYFF reported.

Sweatt was scheduled to appear in court on burglary charges on Tuesday, but did not show up, Davis said. Sweatt was already out of bail for previous charges, Davis said.

Deputies had been previously called to the home for a domestic incident in July, the sheriff said.

Long says officers first went to the home in Greenwood County after receiving a call from a man who said he was thinking about hurting himself.

He says while police were on their way, one of the man's neighbors called 911 saying four children from that address had arrived at her house and told her a shot had been fired. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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