Bartow County police say the Tuesday shooting rampage that ended with two men dead stemmed from an argument between the shooter and one of his first victims.
Austin Tyler, 20, of Cartersville, shot three men, killing one of them, about 3:30 p.m. at a Brent Circle home. Tyler died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a chase through southwestern Bartow County, Sheriff Clark Millsap said.
Royce Randall Hobgood, 64, died at the Brent Circle house. The two other men were taken to Grady. One man, struck in the neck, is paralyzed. The other was struck in the chest. Both remain in critical condition, the sheriff said.
Authorities declined to release the names of the men injured in the shooting.
Tyler fired a stolen pistol at 12 people during his 12-15 minute shooting spree, and pointed it at several others.
According to Millsap:
Tyler shot the three men on Brent Circle, near Sugar Valley Road, and then drove to Milam Bridge Road. He drove his truck into the side of a home, kicked in the door and shot an 18-year-old man in the hand. He’s recovering with family.
Tyler left that home, crashing into another vehicle on Euharlee Road, near River Oaks Drive. He fired a shot into the other car, and then forced the driver and his grandson from the vehicle. Tyler then hopped inside the other car and fled.
Deputies found him shortly afterward, and a chase began. It ended at Ga. 113 and Douthit Ferry Road, where Tyler collided with a landscape trailer hauling lawn care equipment. The equipment exploded, and Tyler’s vehicle came to a stop in the flames. Authorities found a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Tyler’s head when they pulled him from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Cartersville Medical Center.