LOGAN COUNTY, Wv. (WYMT/WSAZ) - One family's hopes for a happy holiday have switched to prayers their loved one will survive.
A man accused of shooting his girlfriend's stepfather on Christmas is still on the loose Wednesday evening, and the stepfather remains in critical condition.
Logan County Sheriff's deputies say it began when Mack Brumfield and his girlfriend Sunshine Vance got into a fight at their home along Sun Catcher Street in Henlawson.
Vance's aunt Darlie Gearhart says it started over something unbelievable.
Gearhart says the couple couldn't decide where they were going for Christmas. Vance wanted to go be with her family, and Brumfield wanted to be with his. From there the argument escalated until he started to become physically abusive with her.
"It's just not what Christmas is supposed to be," Gearhart says. "It's very heartbreaking."
"It's pretty awful for this to happen," Vance's father James Marcum said. "We were supposed to spend Christmas together."
Deputies say Sunshine called her aunt and stepfather, Kenny Tomblin, to get her out of there. When they showed up and Tomblin tried to intervene, deputies say Brumfield turned his violence toward Tomblin and shot him five to six times.
Witnesses told deputies they saw Brumfield then run off into the woods.
Tomblin was flown to a hospital in Charleston.
Family says Tomblin underwent surgery Wednesday but remains in critical condition.
If you know anything about where Brumfield might be, you're asked to call Logan County 911.