Chad Payne's stunned brother-in-law told 11Alive News the pair had just returned from a "road trip" Monday afternoon and he was completely surprised by what happend only a few hours later.
By midnight Monday, Fulton County Police were called to a horrific scene in Payne's home at 7496 Sandstone Lane. The house is in South Fulton County's Oakley Township Subdivision near Union City.
Inside they found Chad Payne, 32, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His 2-year-old daughter, Chasmin, was also dead from a gunshot to the head and a 7-year-old stepson, Keevin Bridges, was critically wounded, but still alive. The boy was flown by medical helicopter to Children's Heathcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital on the Emory University campus, but died a few hours later.
The childrens' mother, who was also home during the shooting spree, managed to escape uninjured and call 911. She told police her husband shot their children and then himself.
Fulton County Police Corporal Gary Syblis said so far investigators have found no motive behind Payne's deadly rampage. He said the mother and other family members are being questioned while police check their records for any previous domestic calls to the home.
Neighbors in the close-knit subdivision are shocked something like this could have happened on the quiet street.
They said the family mostly stayed to themselves -- mother Monica walked with their 2-year-old daughter, while Chad enjoyed grilling. But somehow, on Monday night, things went horribly wrong.
"All we can say right now is that it seemed to be a domestic situation," said Gary Syblis of the Fulton County Police Department. "We don't know anything else further beyond that."
Neighbors said that while the Paynes kept to themselves, they appeared to be a normal, loving family, who were enjoying their new home.
Fulton County police said they do not have a motive for the shooting yet.