Reveler shot, dumped after party at county commissioner's house

A Carrollton man remains in critical condition after being shot at a Carroll County Commissioner's house early Saturday morning.

The victim, whose identity is being withheld, was later dumped in the woods a few miles away from the commissioner's residence, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said. District 5 Commissioner Kevin Jackson, out of town at the time, confirmed to the AJC the shooting happened during a party thrown by his son.

Zachary Sibley, 21, facing aggravated assault and reckless conduct charges, told Jackson's son he would take the injured man to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton. Instead he hid the body about a 1/4 mile away from a boat dock on Lake Seaton near Hutchinson Ferry and Cross Plains roads, Bankhead said.

"It was hard to find," said Bankhead, noting the victim wasn't located until 7:30 a.m. Saturday -- some four hours after he was shot. He was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Investigators haven't determined if the shooting was accidental; witnesses said Sibley had pointed the gun at the victim's head before it went off. After dropping off the body, the suspect returned to the party, where Carroll County Sheriff's deputies had already been dispatched, Bankhead said.

Sibley is being held at Carroll County Jail. Additional charges may be forthcoming, Bankhead said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the [victim's] family," Jackson told the AJC. He refused additional comment, citing the ongoing investigation.