2 months after Bartow County shooting, victim still hospitalized


ATLANTA, Ga. - A Cartersville family caught in the middle of a wild crime spree says they need the community's help.

In August, a 20-year-old man shot at twelve people before turning the gun on himself.

One victim is still in the hospital, nearly two months after the rampage.

Channel 2’s Jessica Jaglois was at the scene that day and Saturday she spoke to one of the victim's family about the challenges they are still facing.

The man's family reached out to Channel 2 Action News on Facebook.

They said the grandfather of three has been confined to a hospital bed since the shooting took place.

He may be finally ready to go home soon, though it's unclear where that home will be.

Steven Teitsort, 44, is forever changed after the Aug. 12 shooting.

His sister said he was helping a friend remodel his home, when the friend's cousin came outside yelling.

“He remembered hearing the guy say "f-this" and remembers falling over the bannister,” Teitsort said of her brother’s recollection.

Bartow County sheriff’s officials identified “that guy” as 20-year-old Austin Tyler, who they said shot Tietsort in the neck.

He is now paralyzed from the shoulders down.

“He’s never had to depend on anyone except now. He's got to depend on me and my mom,” his sister said.

With medical bills mounting, his family says when it's time for him to go home; they are not sure where that home will be. 

Tietsort's sister says she and her brother have forgiven Tyler, who investigators say went on a fifteen-minute shooting rampage that killed one and injured three before shooting himself.

“His grandparents are never going to see him again. Yes, my brother's paralyzed, but at least we have him, so we have forgave him,” his sister said.

Donations for Steven Teitsort can be made at Northridge Bank by giving his name. 

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