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Man shot at RV park remains hospitalized
Suspect's attorney says client fired in self-defense
Dunleavy James Adams

A 26-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with a shooting in south Forsyth that left another man in critical condition.

James Adams Dunleavy has been charged with aggravated assault, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. He was released Monday afternoon from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting a $44,440 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Feb. 6.

According to Rick Doyle, director of operations for the sheriff’s office, Dunleavy is suspected of shooting Aubrey Zander, 28, in the Twin Lakes RV Park at 3300 Shore Drive, where the men were next-door neighbors.

Zander was taken to North Fulton Hospital after being shot twice in the chest and left shoulder, Doyle said. He was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon after initially being listed as critical.

In response to reports of gunshots, sheriff’s deputies went to the mobile home park off of Hwy. 9 about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, Doyle wrote in an e-mail, they “heard a woman screaming and located a white male lying on the ground between two mobile homes. Deputies immediately secured the scene and located a Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun on a nearby picnic table.”

According to Doyle, Dunleavy told deputies he was the gunman.

“It was apparently a dispute over loud music,” Doyle said. “It’s still under investigation. But from the best we can tell, the shooter pulled out a gun and shot him twice.”

Doyle said after the shots were fired, it appears Dunleavy put down the gun and tended to Zander.

In an e-mail to the Forsyth County News, Dunleavy’s attorney, Rafe Banks, wrote that his client shot Zander in self-defense.

According to Banks, Zander threatened and attacked Dunleavy, who had repeatedly asked Zander not to approach him before firing the gun.

“As tragic as the results are, the reality is that Mr. Dunleavey's actions were entirely justified by Georgia statutory provisions concerning self-defense and the defense of a habitation,” he wrote.

Based on the initial investigation, Doyle said Zander appeared to be unarmed.

“Because we didn’t locate another weapon,” he said, “and you have one man who shot another man who was apparently unarmed, they felt it was justified to take him into custody and make an arrest.”

The agency has not been able to question Zander, who remains hospitalized.

The investigation is continuing.

Banks wrote that Dunleavy, who recently got married, is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and employed as a construction project engineer.