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Reports: Tampa man went to Georgia to kill ex-wife, her sister

 
Kelley James McDonald Jr., 39, of Tampa, traveled more than 500 miles to Georgia and killed his ex-wife, her sister and wounded two children in a shooting rampage there, according to Georgia authorities and local news reports. He then committed suicide. This photo is from his 2012 arrest in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Kelley James McDonald Jr., 39, of Tampa, traveled more than 500 miles to Georgia and killed his ex-wife, her sister and wounded two children in a shooting rampage there, according to Georgia authorities and local news reports. He then committed suicide. This photo is from his 2012 arrest in Tampa. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published April 5, 2018

A Tampa man wanted for domestic abuse traveled more than 500 miles to Georgia to kill his ex-wife, her sister and wound two children in a Thursday shooting rampage, according to authorities and local news reports.

The gunman was identified as Kelley James McDonald Jr., 39, of Tampa according to WSB-TV in Atlanta. After the attack, the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office said he committed suicide.

The shooting took place at about 8:30 a.m. in Dawsonville, about 70 miles north of Atlanta.

None of the victims in the attack were identified by Georgia authorities. But the ex-wife went there to stay with her sister, according to news reports.

"They had left the Florida area to come here and hide for safety," Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said at a Thursday news conference, "and the suspect found them at this location, that's when he went in and took the lives of (the women)."

News reports said there was some kind of scuffle before the shooting, that McDonald was wanted on multiple counts of domestic abuse in Florida and had been accused of strangling his estranged wife in the past.

There were also three children at the shooting scene, ages 2, 13 and 16, according to news reports. The 2-year-old was McDonald's own child.

McDonald shot the 16-year-old girl and the 2-year-old was somehow also wounded in the attack, authorities said. Both were flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston Hospital for treatment.

The teen was reported to still be in surgery as of 6 p.m. The medical conditions of the wounded children were not available.

Another child, a 13-year-old girl, escaped harm and left the shooting scene to get help. She is now with relatives.

The sheriff said the domestic situation started in Florida but officials there don't know how McDonald found his ex-wife.

According to Hillsborough County records, McDonald was arrested in September 2012 on a charge of grand theft. Court records show the charge was dropped in 2014 after he completed a pre-trial intervention program.

No other details about the attack were released Thursday.

Information from WSB-TV and the Atlanta Constitution-Journal was used in this report.