ATLANTA - Less than 24 hours after police found the bodies of two men inside a northwest Atlanta home, detectives found another man shot and killed in the backyard. Now police are searching for a possible gunman in the case, which changed from a double to a triple homicide.
Distraught family members say the three men shared the home on Gary Court and were all related.
"They didn't deserve this. They didn't deserve it," a relative told Channel 2's Ashley Swann.
Police found two shot to death Friday night. Then, Saturday afternoon, a friend and neighbor found the third dead of a gunshot wound in a wooded area behind the home.
"Based on what we were reviewing last night, all evidence led us to the house," Deputy Atlanta Police Chief Shawn Jones told Swann. "There was nothing to indicate from an evidentiary standpoint that there was another body in the area."
Saturday, police didn't take any chances. Detectives used metal detectors and a helicopter to search the area for any additional evidence or victims. Investigators aren't saying when they think the three men were killed, but one of the victim's girlfriends says she had a bad feeling when she couldn't reach him Friday.
"I knew then something wasn't right and I just knew he was dead," she said.
That same victim's daughter says he was a good man with no enemies.
"Hard working," Mavis Holland said. "And he did whatever he could to make a way for me and my sister."
Relatives call the drawn-out discoveries a surreal experience and are begging the community to help them find closure.
"If anybody saw, heard or hears of anything, please just let someone know. Please," pleaded Alicia Holland.
Police are still working to identify the three men and say they're waiting for a medical examiner to help establish if they were all shot at the same time.