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Athens man wounded when car shot at in eastside neighborhood

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man reportedly was injured Sunday night when someone fired several gunshots at his car while it was parked in front of his eastside residence.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Shaun Barnett, officers responded to the area of Lexington Heights shortly after 2 a.m. to investigate a report of gunshots.

A short time later a 35-year-old male arrived at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, Barnett said. The victim explained that he was seated in his car in front of his residence on Pamela Drive when a white pickup truck pulled alongside and fired several rounds, one of which went through the car door and struck him in the leg, according to Barnett, who said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The officer said that two women, ages 31 and 33, who were passengers in the car were not injured.

Pamela Drive is a side street off of Lexington Heights, which is south of Lexington Road and several blocks west of police headquarters.

“Those three victims had been at a downtown bar earlier in the evening and were involved in a verbal altercation with a male not known to them,” Barnett said. “This altercation never became physical. However, detectives are not ruling out that the shooting could somehow be related to the earlier altercation.”

Police requested that anyone who has information regarding this incident contact Detective Sean McCauley at (762) 400-7061 or via email at

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