Habersham County authorities say before turning the gun on himself, a father shot his stepdaughter Tuesday in Mount Airy during an argument over dinner, wounding them both.
Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said at about 8:30 p.m., George Michael LaCount, 56, became "fed up" after his stepdaughter, 33-year-old Lori Dann Mooney, complained about what was cooked for dinner.
"They were fighting over food," Terrell said. "Evidently, she didn't like what was fixed and he got tired. He just couldn't take it anymore."
Authorities responded to 393 Wild One Branch Road off Joe Smith Road near Glade Creek Parkway and found Mooney with a gunshot wound to the face, Terrell said.
After shooting Mooney in a bedroom with a .32-caliber Long handgun, LaCount shot himself under his chin and the bullet exited through his left temple, Terrell said.
When deputies arrived, LaCount was not in the house. A blood trail led to his location about a half mile into the woods, Terrell said.
"He went out there to die. He apologized for us having to come and find him and he just wanted us to leave him there," Terrell said.
LaCount had already lost a "significant amount" of blood when authorities found him resting against a tree in the woods, Terrell said.
"He was conscious and alert," he said. "You could tell he had lost a lot of blood. There was a large amount of blood there."
Terrell said LaCount was cooperative with authorities and admitted to the shooting.
"He told us exactly what he had done and why he did it," Terrell said.
Mooney was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and LaCount was flown to Atlanta Medical Center. Both are in stable condition, Terrell said.
LaCount is charged with aggravated assault.
Terrell said additional charges could be forthcoming.
"They might go with attempted murder. I know right now that they have just charged aggravated assault until everybody gets out of the hospital," Terrell said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident and would be responsible for any additional charges.
"I'm not aware that warrants have been taken yet but they will be taken," said Kim Williams, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Cleveland office. "I think, at this point, (investigators) are trying to see what the medical situation is going to be for everybody."