Georgia authorities arrested a 68-year-old man who allegedly shot two men in the face on Wednesday afternoon.The victims were electrical contractors doing work at the suspect’s home when the shooting occurred.
According to Cobb County police, homeowner Larry Epstein was arrested and charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery and two count of felony aggravated assault. He’s accused of shooting the victims outside of his home, at 1963 Wellington Lane in Marietta.
The men were trying to leave Epstein’s home after finishing electrical work for the day at the residence, according to Cobb County police.
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One of the victims, Gordon “Donnie” Montcalm, 37, of Buchanan, is a father of two daughters and a beloved member in his community. His family expressed shock over the incident and said he’s not the type of person to be involved in anything violent.
A family member told CrimeOnline that Montcalm, who is in serious condition but expected to be OK, said there wasn’t a dispute or argument before the ordeal. It’s unclear why the suspect allegedly started shooting.
The other victim has been identified as Jake Allen Horne, 21, of Kennesaw, was Montcalm’s apprentice. Authorities said the 21-year-old was shot in the head and passed away from his injuries on Thursday afternoon. Additional charges against the suspect are likely.
“Donnie was in his personal vehicle and heard something hit his car window and apparently it was shotgun shells, where he [the suspect] had shot the boy [Jake Horne], who was parked by him sitting in the work van” the family member said. “When he [Donnie] turned around he saw the man standing at his window. He was shot in the face and chest.
“Donnie started running and the guy shot him in the back. He ran to a backyard but it was fenced in and the man shot in the arm. Donnie tackled him when went to reload, took off running and went to the neighbor’s house for help.”
Police spokesman Officer Neil Penirelli told CrimeOnline that both men are still at the hospital.
The motive remains unclear and investigators, who were still at the home on Thursday, haven’t said what led up to the shooting. Cobb detectives said the suspect shot with the intent to kill.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Cobb County Homicide Unit at 770-499-3945.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Jake Horne/Provided; Larry Epstein/Cobb County Sheriff’s Office]