The man who set off Thursday night’s deadly shooting spree in Whitfield County spent most of last week in jail.
David Hartline, of Summerville, Ga., was arrested Monday after failing to show up in court, where he was scheduled to be a witness in a case, according to Chattooga deputies.
He was released from the Chattooga County Jail about 2 p.m. Wednesday, 25 hours before showing up drunk and armed at a birthday party for his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.
Hartline, a registered sex offender, was turned away from the party but returned with a handgun and killed Chattanooga resident Edward “Buster” Manz III and Cleveland, Tenn., resident Kenneth Simonson, authorities said. Hartline’s ex-girlfriend Mindy Bullard, who is also Manz’s daughter and Simonson’s ex-wife, was shot but survived.
Doesn't it seem we have more of these kinds of incidents in places like this than, say, New Jersey or Hawaii. I think it has something to do with the availability of guns, not that that's the only factor, but that's a big part of it.
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