MOULTRIE — A Moultrie native was one of two men fatally shot on Tuesday in Cartersville, Ga., by a gunman who reportedly turned the weapon on himself after shooting four other men.
Royce Randall Hobgood, 64, was working on a carpeting job inside a residence when the shooting occurred, his nephew James Hobgood of Moultrie said Wednesday.
The Daily Tribune News of Cartersville reported that Hobgood died of a single gunshot wound to the head, as did the shooter, Austin Tyler, 20. Tyler was working with the four other men at about 3:30 p.m. at a residence on Brent Circle when he opened fire. Police were still seeking a motive for the multiple shooting.
With his father dying less than a month ago, James Hobgood said it has been a tough time for the family. Billy Earl Hobgood, 70, was a retired Moultrie firefighter.
“All I know — three weeks ago, yesterday — my daddy died at 5 p.m.,” James Hobgood said. “He (Randy) died three weeks to the day at 5:30 p.m.”
He said that his uncle had been in Cartersville for about three years working as a carpenter, and has lived in Miami and other cities over the years.
“He was my daddy’s baby brother,” he said. “We loved him, but he was kind of a loner. He was like a magnet, he always came back to Moultrie.”