Kentavious White went on a killing rampage on the morning of Thursday, May 4th, in Moultrie, Georgia. Before killing himself, the McDonald’s employee murdered three women in a killing spree. His murderous spree began when he shot and killed his mother and grandmother in their homes. He then proceeded to travel to the McDonald’s where he worked. There, he gunned down his manager, Amia Smith.
Surveillance footage of the horrific incident shows White arriving at the restaurant and getting Smith to approach him at the door, where he killed her. He then entered the restaurant and killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, or GBI, released a statement on the four deaths and pledged to investigate why the shooting happened. In the statement, the GBI said:
The GBI is investigating the deaths of four people in Moultrie, Georgia. The early investigation indicates that the suspected shooter is Kentavious White, 26, of Moultrie, GA. On Thursday, May 4, 2023, at around 5:50 a.m., Moultrie Police Chief Sean Ladson requested assistance from the GBI in connection to a man and woman who were found dead at a McDonald’s restaurant at 506 1st Ave. SE, Moultrie, GA.
As agents were headed to the scene, Chief Ladson called back and stated his officers had responded to a home in the 1100 block of 6th St. SW where they found a woman who had been shot but was still alive. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.
Chief Ladson called a third time to report an additional woman was found dead at another home next door. At this point, GBI agents are now investigating deaths at three separate scenes.
After reviewing the surveillance footage, agents saw that White arrived at the restaurant, got his manager, Amia Smith, to come to the door. White shot Smith, killing her. White is then seen entering the restaurant where he takes his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot.
The two other female victims, both in separate homes, were related to White, according to interviews with witnesses.
The GBI Crime Lab will perform the autopsies in this investigation.
A woman who lives across the street from where Kentavious killed his mother and grandmother told WALB News 10 that she heard six or seven gunshots ring out at about midnight but then didn’t see anything suspicious when she checked outside the house.
That neighbor, Jerry Goodwin, added, “I had never seen him hurt anybody or try to hurt anybody before this,” though he noted that Kentavious had gone outside with the gun and fired it while yelling at one point previously.
Another Moultrie resident, Tanner Strickland, said that the incident doesn’t seem real. “It’s heartbreaking. Let the family be in your thoughts and prayers and the community of Moultrie,” he said. Strickland added, when discussing the murdered mother and grandmother, “Both them were two of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of being around. They both light up any room that they walk into. Both of them really have hearts of gold.”
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