At 1:20 p.m., the Cobb County Police Department was called to the Benbrooke subdivision, which is off of County Line Road between Burnt Hickory and Due West roads, south of Acworth.
The police discovered two people dead from gunshot wounds, said Officer Mike Bowman, who would not release the names of the deceased or give any details about what police found inside the home.
The bodies were removed from the basement on gurneys that were rolled up a grassy hill behind the home moments before school buses arrived to drop off neighborhood children.
Neighbors said there were eight or nine people living in the house, a combination of extended family members and friends. An older child who was at home called the police to report the shooting.
Tammy Schadl, who has lived across the street for 14 years, said the owners, Sahr and Saphi Kobb-Bangurah, were quiet, kept to themselves and were never heard fighting.
“In most recent years, we did not see very much of them at all,” Schadl said.
The brother of Saphi Kobb-Bangurah and her sister-in-law were the two people found dead Wednesday, Schadl said.
News of the police investigation traveled fast, both within and outside of the subdivision.
Schadl said a neighbor called her about the shooting so she could be with her two young sons when they arrived home from school.
Schadl said her youngest son, in fourth grade, was nervous about the events that played out in a home across the street from his front yard.
Schadl said she plans to tell him “sometimes adults disagree and you never hope it comes to what this came to.”
The west Cobb suburban area is lined by tress with colorful autumn leaves. On the corner, before entering Benbrooke Drive, is the County Line United Methodist Church with a tall white steeple and a small cemetery.
On Wednesday afternoon, neighbors gathered in each other’s driveways to discuss the event as crime scene investigators brought out bags of evidence from the house.
The house is light-tan brick with manicured miniature trees and a bright-pink rose bush by the front porch. It is valued at just over $322,000 by the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office.
Schadl said the Bangurahs built their home more than 10 years ago and had three daughters, with the youngest in high school.
In recent years, the Bangurahs were allowing other family members and friends to stay at the home, some who also had children in Cobb County schools, Schadl said.
“We have been concerned about comings and goings,” Schadl said.
Schadl said she even reached out to her homeowner’s association for help. Schadle added she was surprised that the people in the home were relatives of the Bangurahs.
Every day, there are cars and moving trucks at the house, many with out-of-state license plates, Schadl said.
On Wednesday afternoon, there was a car parked in the driveway with a Pennsylvania license plate.