James W. Bush, 42, of Winder, is charged in the crime spree that began about 8:40 p.m. in a Woodview Drive yard near Auburn, police said. Upon his capture, Bush became unresponsive, possibly the result of a drug overdose. He remains hospitalized, authorities said.
A motive for the shootings is under investigation but appears to be domestic-related, said Barrow County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Todd Druse.
Police said Bush opened fire outside the residence, where they found two men injured in the front yard and another man — Antonio Zavala, 30 — dead in a nearby vehicle.
The injured victims were identified as Alex Lopez Narvaez, 31, and Alvaro Zavala Echevarria, 35. Both are listed in stable condition at area hospitals and are expected to recover.
Gwinnett police received information that Bush may have wanted to harm his girlfriend, thought to be living near Buford and working at a Sonny’s Barbecue restaurant on Ga. Highway 20, said Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Bush was released from prison in April after serving two years for entering a vehicle and possessing tools to commit a crime in Gwinnett County.We are so grateful that police intervened before Bush could reach his intended victim, but saddened by the injury and death of his other victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zavala family.