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Athens man killed, another wounded in possible road rage shooting

Updated: May 1, 2021

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was killed and another was wounded early Saturday in a possible road rage incident in Barrow County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a potential road rage incident,” the GBI said in a late Saturday afternoon media release. “The incident was located on the westbound side of GA Highway 316 near its intersection with Jackson Trail Road. Upon their arrival, they discovered two men had been shot.”

Ketravian Tyvon Cole, 20, of Athens, was pronounced dead on the scene from gunshot wounds, and another Athens man was injured by gunfire and taken to a nearby hospital, the GBI said.

Preliminary information indicates a dark colored sedan, unknown make and model, pulled up beside the victims' vehicle and opened fire, according to the GBI. There were no descriptions of suspects.

According to the Barrow County sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the 911 call was received at 12:09 a.m.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies shut down the westbound lanes of 316 as they secured the area for sheriff’s investigators, who reportedly interviewed multiple witnesses.

Agents from the GBI’s Athens field office later arrived to begin assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-307-3080 or the GBI’s Athens Office at 706-552-2309.

Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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