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Athens police investigating weekend shooting incidents

By Joe Johnson

Police are investigating whether separate shooting incidents Saturday in the North Valley section of Athens-Clarke County might be related.

The first incident was reported at 10:13 a.m. by a 39-year-old woman who resides on Amethyst Drive in the Garnett Ridge neighborhood off Vincent Drive and Jefferson River Road, according to a police incident report.

The woman reportedly said that while she was sleeping, someone fired two bullets through her bedroom window sometime after 4:30 a.m. The woman did not hear anything, but when she woke up shortly after 10 a.m. she noticed the damage and called police, according to the report.

The woman said she moved in two months ago and was unaware of anyone who might be responsible, according to the report.

A next-door neighbor reportedly told an officer that just before hearing gunshots he saw a short, heavy-set Hispanic male get out of a silver Honda sedan that sped away toward Jefferson River Road.

Police searched the scene for bullets and shell casings but found none, the report noted.

While officers were investigating the incident, they received a report of another shooting at a home on Brocket Drive, located in a subdivision on the opposite side of Old Jefferson Road from Garnett Ridge, according to another police incident report.

In that case, a 43-year-old woman reported that someone drove by her house at about 4:30 a.m. and fired shots that damaged her vehicle parked in front of the residence.

The suspect vehicle was described as a dark sedan which was recorded by a neighbor's security camera, but no make, model, or tag number could be determined, according to the police report, which noted that officers located a single rifle round.

Interim police Public Information Officer Sgt. John Q. Williams said it was “unclear” if the two shooting incidents were related.

“Due to the proximity of the incidents, we are exploring all possibilities,” he said. 

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