May 1, 2012

Shooting victim recovering

Mark Millican
markmillican@daltoncitizen.com

— A woman allegedly shot by her son during a domestic disturbance Sunday morning in Dalton that left her husband and another son dead was “awake and alert” Monday afternoon, authorities said.

A bullet entered Deborah Canales’ back and came out her upper leg. She underwent surgery Sunday evening at Hamilton Medical Center, said Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier. A handgun was found at the scene, he said, and ballistics tests will be conducted to see if it is the gun used in the shooting.

Emilio Canales Sr., 50, and Emilio Francisco Canales, 31, were allegedly shot and killed by Emilio Christopher Canales, 27, at the family’s residence at 1011 Dude St. on the flank of Mount Rachel in north Dalton.

Emilio Christopher Canales is charged with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

“(Ms. Canales) is conscious — awake and alert — and is expected to recover,” Frazier said on Monday.

Emilio Christopher Canales was denied bond in a Magistrate Court first bond appearance at the Whitfield County jail Monday afternoon. He will face a bond hearing and probation violation preliminary hearing in Superior Court on Friday, said District Attorney Bert Poston.

He has past charges including carrying a concealed weapon and pointing a gun at another person in 2005, and aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2006. He also has several probation violations, according to a jail spokesman.

Deborah Canales told police she was shot by her son, who fled but was later arrested by a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Frazier said.

Frazier said Emilio Christopher Canales is the only suspect, but the shooting remains under investigation with some specialized equipment.

“Our CID (Criminal Investigations Division) is processing the scene along with the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation),” said Frazier. “They’re taking a 3-D look at the crime scene with GBI equipment that will help them with mapping and reconstructing the scene.”

He said the technique could also be used for documenting evidence for court.

On Monday, investigators had not uncovered what sparked the dispute, Frazier said.

“That’s probably not going to be something that we talk about for awhile,” he advised. “We’re not going to talk about it until we have a much better idea of what happened.”