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East Athens card game ends with gunfire

By Joe Johnson

A card game at a home in east Athens Sunday night reportedly ended with a big loser shooting at the person who was running the game.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, officers responded at 10:29 p.m. to a house on Royal Court to investigate a discharging firearms report.

Upon their arrival, a gray Cadillac was pulling away from the residence, the report noted, and despite attempts by officers to stop it, the car drove away and subsequent attempts to locate it were unsuccessful.

When officers entered the home, they found six people – two women and four men, one of whom ran from the home but was caught on Branch Street, according to the report, which noted it was determined that the 31-year-old Dowdy Road resident was the victim and not the shooter.

A witness reportedly told police that during a card game one of the players, a man known as “Red” who had lost $400-$500, got angry with the man who was running the game and shot at him.

The man was not injured, and the report notes that several bullet holes were found in a wall in the living room.

One of the men and both women did not want to give statements to officers, another man claimed to have been sleeping in another room during the incident, and the fourth man said he arrived at the home after the shooting occurred, according to the report.

The report noted that “Red” was known to hang out in the area of Nellie B Avenue and Arch Street, but officers could not locate him there.

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