Police: Man kills girlfriend's daughter in murder-suicide

Posted at 8:16 AM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 08:16:00-04

ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) - Police say a northeast Georgia man shot three people - killing one of them - before killing himself.

Elberton Police Chief Mark Welsh tells news outlets that on Saturday night 49-year-old Raphael Diaz de Leon killed his girlfriend's daughter, 17-year-old Alyric Fouch, shot his girlfriend and an adult bystander before shooting himself.

Authorities say they are investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide.

Welsh says the incident started due to an argument about Diaz de Leon's drinking.

Police say the bystander was a driver that Fouch's mother, Rhonda Cureton, had flagged down to try to escape. Authorities say Diaz de Leon fired at the car, wounding both adults. Both have since been released from the hospital.