Updated: Jun 22
By Joe Johnson
An Athens man was recently shot by a roommate who reportedly was upset about noise that the victim was making in their home on Sylvan Road.
According to police, officers responded to the residence the morning of June 7 after receiving a 911 call from a man who reported that one of his roommates had shot another "on purpose."
As officers surrounded the residence the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Kevin William Lowrie, came out with his hands raised and was taken into custody without incident, police said.
According to a police incident report, Lowrie explained that he had been trying to sleep but the victim, 58-year-old Kenneth Douglas Aguar, was banging the wall with a hammer and calling him profane names and challenging Lowrie to “come out and face me (redacted) boy.”
“Lowrie told me he had enough” and fired one round from a 12-gauge shotgun through Aguar’s door, then heard the victim screaming that his arm was broken,” an officer wrote in the police report.
Lowrie was arrested for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and criminal damage to property.
As of Monday, he continued to be held at the county jail without bail being set for his release.
The police report made no mention of medical assistance being rendered to Aguar, but in a GoFundMe account established by an acquaintance, Aguar was at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center where he required several procedures to his damaged arm.