ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Authorities are investigating a deadly triple shooting in Rockdale County.
It happened early Monday morning at a residence on White Oak Court.
According to investigators, three men were shot and killed by the homeowner just after 4 a.m.
Upon arrival, deputies found the three men suffering from gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the two others were taken to the hospital where they were later pronounced dead.
A neighbor told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor he heard the shots and hit the floor. He described the shooting as a "gun battle" before he heard one of the men pleading for his life right outside his window.
"He had his left hand on the bullet wound and he said 'Help me, I'm dying," homeowner Brian Jenkins said. "To imagine seeing someone who was just shot laying on your lawn, that's what bothered me and I'm torn up behind that."
People who arrived on the scene told FOX 5 that they were family members of the three masked men and said the three were teenagers.
Deputies are working to confirm the circumstances around the shooting. Investigators said the men who were shot don't live at the home, and they arrived with their faces covered.
Deputies cleared the scene at 3 p.m. A man answered the door at the house on White Oak Court and said the homeowner who did the shooting was distraught and did not want to talk with reporters.
The house has two no trespassing signs on the property that go on to say "violators may be shot".