Police are investigating the double homicide after a couple was found dead inside their Cobb County home.
The home is located along Verbena Drive in the Acworth area. Investigators said the bodies were found around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Justin Hicks, a 31-year-old Cherokee County firefighter, and his wife, 31-year-old Amber, were shot to death inside their home, police say.
Investigators say they also found the Hicks’ 2-year-old toddler unharmed in the home. The child is now with family members.
The Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, released a statement about Justin Hicks, saying he had been with the department for over six years.
Prather said the investigation is still ongoing.
Neighbors who live in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden that they had no idea anything was wrong until they saw police and crime tape.
“It’s insane. This is a very nice neighborhood and never have police in here and helicopters flying. It’s very crazy,” neighbor Riley Gasaway said.
“They were just really sweet people, so I just can’t imagine who did this to them. It’s terrible,” said neighbor Hannah Mabrey.
Mabrey says she watched with tears in her eyes as an officer rushed the uninjured child out of the house and into his grandparents’ arms.
“I run up the street, they’re freaking out and crying, and the police brings the child out holding him by his torso, runs him out, and the grandmother grabbed him, and the grandfather grabbed him, and they’re crying and freaking out saying, ‘Where’s my baby?’” she recalled.
Investigators say they believe someone broke into the Hicks’ home overnight and fired the fatal shots. They are still investigating any possible motives.