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Man shoots up his own business

POSTED: July 9, 2008 5:01 a.m.

An intoxicated man fired two guns eight times inside his own business this afternoon, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., Van Kirstead, 72, the owner of Van's Golf Carts on Brown's Bridge Road, "fired a pistol and a shotgun for a total of eight rounds," said Major Jeff Strickland of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

No customers were inside the business at the time, but there was one person in an adjoining apartment. No one was injured.

Kirstead was charged with reckless conduct and taken to the Hall County jail.

In an unrelated incident, a man was stabbed early this morning after getting into an altercation with another man, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim was stabbed in the stomach area and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Strickland said.

The stabbing took place at 1 a.m. on Fourth Street off of Mountain View Road.

Strickland said it was not gang related and a suspect was taken into custody, but the name of the person arrested was not yet available.

The incident was similar to another stabbing that took place at 11 p.m. Friday on Myrtle Street.

The injuries were not fatal in either stabbing, but the suspect in the 11 p.m. stabbing is not in police custody.



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