- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a woman who was shot to death outside a Georgia state welfare office in Columbus was killed by her estranged husband.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says 44-year-old Tonya Moses-Charles of Phenix City, Ala., was fatally shot in a parking lot of the county Division of Family and Children Services office early Friday.

Bryan says authorities later found 50-year-old Lyle Charles dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Charles was woman’s estranged husband, and authorities believe he killed her before shooting himself. Police found the man dead inside his car.

After the shooting, officials placed two Phenix City schools on alert because the suspect’s stepchild attends one and the man had privileges to check out the child.

Officials say there’s no indication the gunman got near the schools.

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