Sheriff: Man In Deadly Shooting Is Father Of Woman Convicted Of Making Bombs


The man authorities said shot two men, killing one of them, is the father of a college student who was convicted of making bombs in 2012.

Tommy Savage was holed up in his house on Garrison Road in Cornelia Tuesday until he was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m.

Neighbors told Channel 2’s Liz Artz they got a knock on the door before 5 a.m. Tuesday, telling them to pack their kids and get out of their house.

Thirteen hours later the scene remained active, a car blocking the drive and investigators searching the house.

Chad Roberts told Artz he spent hours in the woods overnight Tuesday after fleeing from a house on Garrison Road.

He said homeowner Tommy Savage became violent after a woman he was in a relationship with tried to leave with two men.

“In the truck and he shot him,” Roberts said. “Why did he shooting him he was picking up a girl he loved. He didn’t want her to go shakes head.”

Police suspect Savage shot and killed one man and injured another.

Habersham County Coroner Kasey McEntire identified the victim as Jesse Robert Looney, 32. of Demorest.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of this morning’s tragic event, McEntire said.

Nearby neighbors were told to evacuate or lock their doors and not answer to anyone.

“(We were told) there’s an active shooter, stay inside. I’ve been staying at home with sisters,” Roberts said.

After more than a six-hour-long standoff, the sheriff told Artz Savage surrendered to a GBI bomb robot.

The 56-year-old is well-known to authorities.

Channel 2 Action News had interviewed the father in 2012 after his college-age daughter was arrested and sent to prison after being convicted of making pipe bombs.

Police were initially concerned Savage was holed up in a combat bunker but Roberts said Savage never left the house.

“He ain’t got no bunkers in the back of his house,” Roberts said.

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