Georgia’s father tracks down his daughter’s cell phone and shoots the boy he found her with

An enraged Georgia father tracked down the whereabouts of his teenage daughter on her cellphone and shot the 17-year-old boy he found her with, police said.

Deputies with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Department were responding to a gunshot fired around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday morning in a church parking lot across from two Mount Airy schools, the sheriff’s department said.

Upon arrival, police found 36-year-old Dustin Vandegrift attempting to flee Central Alliance Church in a white Camaro. Police said he was arrested for questioning.

After ensuring both schools were safe, police located the 17-year-old male victim. He was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Investigators later determined that the boy was not hit by a bullet but sustained injuries from a physical assault and ricochet debris.

Vandergrift told police he tracked the location of his daughter’s cell phone at the back of the church and drove there to check on her. When he found his 17-year-old daughter with the man, he confronted the couple, hung up on the boy and shot him.

Vandergrift’s daughter said her father showed up and “beat” the boy she was dating before shooting him. She said her father hit her too.

A search warrant executed on Vandergrift’s car turned up the .45 caliber pistol he shot.

He is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, simple assault involving family violence, two counts of first-degree child cruelty, two counts of third-degree child cruelty, and two counts of reckless causing harm or endangering safety.

He was sentenced to the Habersham County Jail without bail. Georgia’s father tracks down his daughter’s cell phone and shoots the boy he found her with


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