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Search underway for father who shot his daughter

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A teenager and her mother were gunned down at their Valdosta home Monday morning.

Monday, there's a manhunt for the girl's father who police say is the shooter.

A nationwide lookout has been issued for 38-year-old Roy Smith who is said to be armed and dangerous.

Crime scene tape blocks off the Branch Point Drive home where 37-year-old Josephine Lonon and her 16-year-old daughter, Rochelle Smith, were shot and wounded. Police say the teen's father, 38-year-old Roy Smith shot them.

"He's from out of town," said Valdosta Police Lt. Aaron Kirk. "He left the scene after it happened before the police officers got here."

The teen was shot inside the home and the Lonon outside the home.

"It was some type of domestic related problems they were having," said Lt. Kirk.

Roy Smith got away. The black escalade he's believed to be driving does not belong to him. Authorities are trying to find out the license plate number. An unknown woman was a passenger in the SUV.

The victims were both outside of the home when police arrived. They were then taken to South Georgia Medical Center.

The daughter has been released, but Lonon is remains hospitalized. The incident leaves neighbors concerned.

"I just think it's horrible I always felt really comfortable in my neighborhood and we run all the time with my two year old son and my nine month old little girl," said Kimberly Bozeman.

She says if a man is willing to try to kill his family there's no telling what he'll do.

"I don't know what's going on with people's lives nowadays for them to try to take a life of somebody else I just can't gather that," said Bozeman.

She says typically the neighborhood is quiet.

"It's not like we can just move because stuff like this is happening everywhere which is really, really sad," said Bozeman.

Smith is five feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, he could be en route to Hinesville, New York City, or Virginia.

 Roy Smith previously served time in prison for drug convictions.

 If you know where he is, call Valdosta Police.


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