Crime scene tape blocks the driveway that leads to an Elbert County home where a shooting happened. (Jan. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ELBERTON, GA (FOX Carolina) -
A pair of shootings in Elbert County on Thursday afternoon left three women injured and the gunman dead, according to Sheriff Melvin Andrews.
The first shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. at 1650 Old Middleton Church Road.
Andrews said that arriving deputies found three women suffering from gunshot wounds. He said one woman was treated a local hospital, while the other two were flown to other hospitals in the region.
Deputies have identified the victims as Veronica Woodall, Jacquelyn Stacks and Maryann Bing.
The deputies at the scene were told the identity of the shooter was Donnie Williams, but when they went to his house, he was not there, Andrews said. He said deputies then spotted Williams' truck in some nearby woods. He said that when deputies ordered Williams to drop his weapon, he shot himself.
Deputies said Stacks is Williams' granddaughter, Bing is her boyfriend's mother and Woodall is a relative. A family member told FOX Carolina that Woodall is Stacks' stepmother.
Witnesses at the scene told FOX Carolina that the shooting stemmed from an argument over land. Andrews said Williams had signed six acres of land over to Stacks but wanted it back. He said investigators believe that dispute led to the shootings.
"There's no way that land or whatever was worth what happened today," Andrews said. "Even Mr. Williams shooting himself - it could have totally been avoided."
Andrews said he did not know the conditions of the victims. He said Williams died about 2 a.m. Friday at the hospital.
The investigation will continue to confirm what prompted the shooting, and deputies will check with the District Attorney's office to see if any charges will be filed even though the shooter died, Andrews said.
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