ARDMORE, AL (WAFF) - There is somber mood at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street in Ardmore. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says a bar-b-que and some drinking got out of hand.
"When the victim and his girlfriend started to leave the residence, his uncle, Keith George, told him that he didn't need to drive, that he was intoxicated. Apparently they got into an altercation," Sheriff Blakely said.
He says things just got worse.
"The victim hit Keith George with his fists. George goes to his truck, comes back with a stick. Apparently the victim got the stick from his uncle and hit his uncle with the stick," said Sheriff Blakely. "Then Keith George goes back to his truck and gets his 45 caliber pistol from the console and shot his nephew 3 times."
Blakely says as Keith George was taken to jail, 26-year-old Rusty George was taken to the hospital with wounds to the thigh, leg and chest.
"We've gone back and obtained warrants for murder since the victim has died," Sheriff Blakely told WAFF 48 News.
Neighbor Elliott Wells says he's known the whole family for years.
"I've known him for a couple of years," Wells said. "I've known his daddy for a long time. I know the man that did it. He seemed like a pretty good kid."
Shooting suspect Keith George also had a good reputation.
"His uncle seemed to be a pretty good guy," Wells said. "I've known him and his son ever since I was real little."
Now a family is torn apart left to bury their dead and deal with their grief.