Police believe Robert L. Clark shot and killed his 6-year-old grandson Sunday in a fit of rage over a dropped watermelon.
Michael Levigne, a kindergarten student at Commerce Primary School was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest in the Troy Street, Commerce, home of his grandparents. Police say Clark shot his wife, Linda Dale Clarke, 58, multiple times in the chest/stomach area before he himself was shot by police officers after he fired a weapon at them.
Two Commerce officers are on paid administrative leave pending a Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the shooting. Jackson County deputies, a Pendergrass police officer and an officer with the Georgia State Patrol all fired their weapons at Clark.
Both Clark and Mrs. Clark were transported by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital. As of Monday afternoon, neither had recovered to the point where the GBI could interview them about the incident, Knight said.