3 injured in shooting
by Neil McGahee
May 25, 2014 | 19640 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Witnesses were kept at the scene of a shooting Sunday evening on Fossett Cove Road off Highway 41. NEIL MCGAHEE/The Daily Tribune News
Witnesses were kept at the scene of a shooting Sunday evening on Fossett Cove Road off Highway 41. NEIL MCGAHEE/The Daily Tribune News
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A holiday party in Cassville turned violent Sunday afternoon when a gunman fired four or five shots into the crowd. Two hundred to 300 people were attending the event, which some described as a rodeo and church-related festival on Fossett Cove Road.

Reynaldo Lopez of Marietta and his family were parked alongside U.S. Highway 41 waiting for family members who had gotten lost in the chaos.

“There were some people sitting on the tailgate of a white pickup truck,” said Lopez, who was standing about 50 feet from the gunman. “A man who looked like he was drunk got up and started shooting. The people in the truck pushed him off the truck and he got up and started shooting again.”

Lopez said he heard one of the shots whiz by his head then he saw people running.

“Everywhere I looked people and horses were running,” he said. “I ran to get my family and we got out, but we can’t find my sister and my niece can’t find her parents.”

A long line of vehicles were parked along Fossett Cove Road and were kept from leaving by Georgia State Patrol troopers.

Gracia Cervantes of Calhoun and her family waited to be cleared from the scene.

“At first, I thought it was someone just celebrating,” she said. “The guy looked really drunk. I didn’t know it was real until people started running and screaming.”

Cervantes said the man continued shooting until he exhausted all the ammunition, then bystanders tackled him.

“He just kept shooting until he ran out,” she said. “The about 10 or 11 men grabbed him and threw him down and tied his hands with a rope.”

She said several people began kicking the gunman in the head until others stopped them.

Cervantes said the crowd was mostly Hispanic from area Catholic churches.

Bartow County Sheriff's Office investigators are handling the investigation, and Sunday evening BCSO Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said no information was available as details were limited.

Bartow County EMS Public Information Officer Brad Cothran said crews transported three patients. One was taken to Floyd Medical Center and two to Cartersville Medical Center.