By Joe Johnson
Athens-Clarke County police said they were investigating a weekend shooting at an eastside apartment complex in which a teenager was injured.
Officers responded at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to Thumpa Avenue in Clarke Gardens off Barnett Shoals Road to investigate a report of several gunshots having been heard within the complex, according to police.
As one officer arrived at the scene, police said, he saw a white Honda Accord quickly leaving with its lights flashing.
Witnesses told officers that someone had been shot in the arm at the complex’s covered pavilion and apparently was driven from the scene, police said.
An employee at a local hospital reportedly later contacted police to inform them that 18-year-old Kashik Brown of Old Hull Road had arrived with a gunshot wound.
While detectives went to the hospital to conduct interviews, police said, officers followed a trail of blood that led to an apartment, outside of which the cartridge case of a spent round surrounded by “red material” was located and where a resident indicated that a bullet was shot through her sister’s rear window, went through the bedroom and lodged in a kitchen cabinet.
More empty bullet shells reportedly were found in the parking lot and outside an apartment located next to the pavilion. ,“A suspect has not been identified and we are still working to determine a motive, said Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD’s public information officer.
However, he said that University of Georgia police stopped the white Honda that was seen leaving Clarke Gardens after the shooting, apparently being driven by a friend of the victim.
“ACCPD officers responded to that traffic stop and a firearm with an altered serial number was located," Barnett said.
As a result, he said, 17-year-old Kytravius Richardson of Athens was arrested for possession of a firearm by a person under 18, and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.
Another teenaged friend was in the car, but he was not charged.
“The role of the subjects from the traffic stop related to this incident is still under investigation,” Barnett said.