Three Dead in Hart/Franklin Co.
By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Three people are dead after what investigators believe was the result of a domestic dispute.
It happened Saturday night at Froh’s Restaurant on Rock Springs Road in Hart County.
According to Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland he received a call late Saturday night regarding at shooting at the popular restaurant.
“I got a call about midnight. When I arrived, one victim, Jason Forkin, was on the floor already expired,” Cleveland said.
Cleveland said the shooter, identified as Sammy Chumley, address unknown, came to the restaurant after closing armed with a gun.
“When Forkin saw Chumley, he ran into another room,” Cleveland said. “He then ran outside into a covered outside dining area where Chumley caught up with him and shot him.”
Witnesses said Chumley then went back inside and grabbed his ex-wife, indentified as Lori Weaver Chumley, address unknown and forced her at gunpoint to leave with him. The two were seen getting into Weaver’s car. Chumley drove them to a burned out house on Muddy Branch Road off Uniwatti Road in Franklin County near Canon where the couple once lived, Cleveland said.
There, Chumley shot and killed his ex-wife and then turned the gun on himself.
Cleveland said Chumley shot himself in the head. He was taken to an area hospital and was put on life support but later died.
Cleveland said it’s not clear why Chumley shot Forkin, but he believes Chumley may have thought his ex-wife and Forkin were having an affair. Forkin was the owner of Froh’s, a popular eatery on Hartwell Lake near the Rock Springs boat ramp. Lori Weaver Chumley was an employee at the restaurant.
The couple was separated and leave behind two little girls.