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Athens boy, 13, flown to Atlanta hospital after being shot

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

By Joe Johnson

A 13-year-old boy reportedly was shot Saturday afternoon in a home in eastside Athens.

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. in a home on Essex Court off of Cedar Shoals Drive, according to Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Jerry Saulters.

Officers were told in the initial investigation that the Hilsman Middle School student was accidentally shot by another juvenile who gained access to a gun in the home, he said, but the matter continued to be looked into.

The police chief said the boy initially was taken to a local hospital before he was transported by helicopter to the children's hospital in Atlanta.

In a Sunday morning media release, police said the boy had been seriously injured.

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