BROOKSVILLE ( — Police on Saturday said they were trying to find out what snapped inside George Mason III, causing him to kill three people and injure another the previous night.

Authorities said Mason, 42, and his girlfriend were visiting the home at 820 Peach St., where his half-brother, Gabriel Taylor, 33, lived with Jannie Taylor, 81, and Ralph Peyton, 29.

At about 9 p.m. Friday, Mason pulled out a 9-mm handgun and shot to death Peyton and Jannie Taylor, police said. He shot and killed his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tarasha Townsend, in the roadway out front, then chased Gabriel Taylor to nearby Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Mason shot his half-brother five times before he accidentally was struck by a Dodge pickup truck traveling along the road, police said.

Both men were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson.

“Something sparked Mr. Mason to decide he was going to kill everybody in the residence, and that’s what he did,” said Brooksville Police Chief George Turner.

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