By Joe Johnson
The shooting of a man this week in a northside neighborhood may have been gang-related, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.
Shunquavious Brown 24, of Sunny Hills Drive initially told police that he was shot early Tuesday morning on Freeman Drive, as he was walking to a gas station, according to the report.
He said that a “junkie” wearing a black hoodie, mask and pants jumped out of the woods and pointed a gun at his head and demanded all of his money and when he knocked the gun away it fired and a bullet struck his upper left arm, and the suspect stole about $200 from him, according to the report, which noted that Brown said he then ran to a random woman’s house for help.
However, his girlfriend reportedly told police that after taking out some trash, Brown came back into the Sunny Hills Drive residence saying that he’d been shot, at which time she drove him to the hospital.
When later searching for evidence outside of Brown’s home officers located a trash bag on the sidewalk, but nothing else, the police report noted.
Police responded to the hospital at about 2:30 a.m., upon receiving a report that a gunshot victim was being treated there.
According to the report, when interviewed at the hospital, Brown said he did not know who the shooter was.
When his girlfriend was asked if Brown had any gang connections, she said she “was the type of girlfriend that didn’t get into her boyfriend’s business," according to the police report.
When asked the same question, the girlfriend’s mother “stated that she doesn’t know for sure if Brown was in a gang or not but knows that Brown hangs around with gang members all the time,” according to the report.
An officer then spoke to Brown again and asked him what “set” he was from.
“Brown initially acted confused but admitted to being a member of the Gangster Disciples, but dropped out after he got out of prison,” according to the police report.
In 2014 Brown was one of three members of what police called the Pittsburgh gang when they were arrested for a home invasion at Athens Gardens apartments.