The following news release has been issued by Towns County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
In the very early morning hours of May 20, 2014, at approximately 1:00 am, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence off Hwy. 17 North near Woods Grove to a call of gunshots fired.
When deputies arrived, they found that the persons later to be identified as the victims had left the scene to seek medical treatment in Clay County. The victims later went to Union County for treatment. Both were treated and released.
Detectives Lt. Mark Cecci and Sgt. Brandon Barrett arrived to process the scene and continue the investigation. Investigators were able to determine that two rounds of .30-30 rifle ammunition had been fired outside the residence, both hitting the home and penetrating into the house. An adult male relative of the suspect was hit by shrapnel from one of the bullets and an adult female was hit by part of the same bullet. The other shot went into a window and went through multiple walls.
Two children were in the home at the time, in an adjacent room.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s home revealed the firearm which allegedly fired the shots. This and other evidence was gathered by investigators on the scene. Investigators determined that a verbal altercation had allegedly occurred between the two relatives on the night before.
Elizabeth Lucille Gilbert, 33, of Hiawassee, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault (4 counts), Cruelty to Children (2 counts), Reckless Conduct (4 counts), Criminal Damage to Property, Discharging a Firearm under the Influence, and Providing False Statements to Law Enforcement Officers.
As of press time Gilbert was still in custody in the Towns County Detention Center.
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