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Child injured in drive-by shooting that targeted home in east Athens

By Joe Johnson

A child reportedly was injured early Saturday when her home in east Athens was targeted in a drive by shooting.

Athens-Clarke County Department said it received 911 calls shortly after midnight regarding gunshots near a residence in the 1900 block of Winterville Road, and responding officers found that the home had been struck by multiple bullets, one of which injured a 16-year-old girl who was inside.

Investigating officers located at the scene about 30 spent shell casings of two different calibers, police said, and an unoccupied neighboring was also damaged by gunfire.

The girl had been shot in the hand, but police said the injury was not serious and she received medical treatment in the home.

A motive for the shooting had yet to be established as of Monday morning, said ACCPD spokesman Lt. Jody Thompson who added, "However, we are not ruling out that this was a gang-motivated shooting.”

Police asked for anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Lt. Shaun Barnett at 762-400-7318 or at

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