A Bartow County couple received quite a surprise Sunday when they discovered a woman lying in their garage with multiple gunshot wounds.
About 3 p.m., Marsha Watkins heard her husband, Bob, drive to the back of their property on Highway 20 SPUR. He unlocked the freestanding garage and began removing tools he would need for yard work.
"He said he kept hearing a noise, but he wasn't sure what it was," she said. "He began looking for the noise and then he found her lying on the floor. She said, 'Help me, I've been shot.'"
Watkins helped her out of the garage and called the Bartow County 911 Center.
"Bob said she was sitting in a pool of blood," Marsha Watkins said.
According to Bartow Sheriff's Sgt. Jonathan Rogers, a 911 call was received about 3:20 p.m., Sunday from a person in the area of Highway 20 SPUR and Sukkau Drive reporting that a woman had been shot multiple times. Deputies found the victim, Natalie Davis, 53, of Cartersville, sitting on the side of Highway 20 SPUR. She was flown from the scene by air ambulance to Grady Hospital for treatment. She is expected to recover from her injuries.
Investigators determined that David Brooks, 52, of Acworth, was the shooter and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Shortly after 6 p.m., Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputies took Brooks into custody. He was charged with aggravated assault with a gun and was booked into the Bartow County Jail where he is being held without bond. Rogers said the case is still under investigation and more charges are possible once the investigation is completed.
Rogers said BCSO detectives are trying to determine the nature of the relationship between Brooks and Davis.
"We don't know exactly where she came from," Marsha Watkins said. "She never said, but there was a blood trail from our garage that went two or three streets over. It looked like she had walked down SPUR 20 to Sukkau Drive and when she saw our garage, she decided that was a safe place to be."