Three people were fatally shot and a teenager was taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound following a suspected murder-suicide that links back to a Florida domestic incident, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said Thursday afternoon.
Jarrard said deputies received a call around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, to Bryn Drive in the Lumpkin County part of Dawsonville. One person was found dead upstairs, Jarrard said.
“As they were clearing the residence, they heard three other gunshots,” he said.
The deputies made their way toward the basement.
“It appears that the offender had taken the life of another female there, which appeared to be his wife, and then from there he took his own life,” Jarrard said.
The Lumpkin Sheriff’s Office said Kelley James McDonald Jr., 39, of Tampa, Florida, was the man who killed the two women before killing himself. McDonald was wanted for domestic battery by strangulation, domestic violence and burglary with assault/battery, and domestic violence by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay webpage.
Authorities have not released the identities of the women killed, waiting until next of kin is notified. Jarrard said some of the deceased lived in Tampa, Florida. One of the women was seeking cover in Lumpkin County with her sister from the shooting suspect, Jarrard said.
Jarrard said authorities believe it to be a “husband/wife situation.”
Jarrard said three children were at the scene, ages 2, 13 and 16.
“He continued through the house shooting a 16-year-old female while a 13-year-old female (escaped) through the back and was able to call 911 at a nearby neighbor,”
Jarrard said the 16-year-old underwent surgery for the gunshot wound.
Authorities are also investigating an early 2000s model gold or champagne-colored Ford Explorer seen near the scene driven by a white woman wearing aviator sunglasses.
“It is just a vehicle of interest, because we do not know how the husband got to the incident location at this time,” Jarrard said.