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North Georgia man on the run after triple shooting

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GILMER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -- A North Georgia man is on the run from law enforcement after they say he was involved in a triple shooting in Gilmer County, that put an Ellijay medical center on lock down.

The Gilmer County Sheriff says the man was involved in a shoot out at his home that injured two men and his girlfriend.

"At this point we're calling him a person of interest. We're not saying he's the shooter or the suspect. We're calling him a person of interest," says Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson.

The Gilmer County Sheriff's Office and the GBI are looking for James Stafford.

They say around 11 o'clock Sunday morning he was involved in a triple shooting at his house off Roy Road, just outside of Ellijay.

"Two people had been shot, both had been shot in the head. Both were still alive," says Nicholson.

As the two men were flown to an Atlanta hospital for treatment, the local medical center in Ellijay called authorities.

"Shortly after we were notified by the hospital that a female had been brought in and dropped off," says Nicholson.

Apparently Stafford's girlfriend was injured in the shoot out as well. She was dropped off at the North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay.

"Mr. Stafford had left his car here at the parking lot of our local hospital. He left the scene on foot."

As a precaution, the medical center was put on temporary lock down, as law enforcement searched for Stafford.

"We're hoping that he's going to see one of these news broadcasts, that we're not calling him the shooter, that we just need to talk to him and he'll turn himself in," says Nicholson.

Law enforcement believe Stafford is no longer near the hospital but deputies were stationed there throughout Sunday evening.

He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and jeans. If you see Stafford, call 911.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates as they become available.

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