A lieutenant at Barrow County Emergency Services and his pregnant daughter remained hospitalized early this week following what appeared to be an accidental Christmas Day shooting in which both were maimed by the same bullet.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said a family argument between Lt. Todd Orr and two of his daughters culminated in violence shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, when the career firefighter grabbed a loaded, .270-calibre hunting rifle in his bedroom.
Though he later told deputies he had intended to leave the house and to take his gun with him, his daughters believed he was going to commit suicide, Smith said.
As the two young women and a male relative struggled with Orr over the rifle, it discharged.
The sheriff said the high-velocity cartridge first hit the arm of Orr’s 21-year-old daughter, Tiffany Thomas, whose first baby is due in a couple of weeks. It then tore through Orr’s hand, ripping off some fingers, and entered his abdomen, traveling up and out of his chest.
“One shot was fired,” Smith said. “This was a very fast traveling bullet. So that did some damage.”
Orr and Thomas were both transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, where they underwent surgery.