First shooting victim in Athens recorded in 2022

Updated: Jan 5


By Joe Johnson

A man reportedly was shot in Athens Monday night, three days after the final gunshot victim in the county was recorded for 2021.

Police said the incidents were not believed to be related.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, officers responded at about 11:37 a.m. Monday to the 300 block of Morning Drive regarding a shooting and upon arrival they located a 23-year-old male that had been shot. Initial investigation indicates that the shooting took place at a residence in the 300 block of Stonehenge Way and the victim who was shot ran to the area of Morning Drive.

He was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“A motive has not been confirmed but preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting occurred after some sort of physical altercation between 2 to 3 subjects,” said ACCPD Public Information Officer Lt. Shaun Barnett. “We are still working to identify anyone that may have had involvement in this incident.”

Three days earlier, at about 9 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the Rocksprings Homes apartment complex off Baxter and South Rocksprings streets on a report that a 20-year-old resident had been shot.

The victim told officers that he was walking home from the store when he took a short-cut through the gate on the Baxter Street side, and upon reaching 224 Rocksprings Court a white, newer-model Chevrolet Impala pulled up, stopped under a camera, and someone inside the car began shooting at him, according to the report.

Though police reported recovering 18 9mm bullets from the scene, the victim was struck just once in the leg, receiving a non-life-threatening injury.

He ran to the back door of his home, telling his mother that he’d been shot, according to the police report.

One round was found to have gone through a community center door at the complex, the report noted.

Police asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Paul Johnson at 762-400-7060 or paul.johnson@accgov.com and any

Aman reportedly was shot in Athens Monday night, three days after the final gunshot victim in the county was recorded for 2021.

Police said the incidents were not believed to be related.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, officers responded at about 11:37 a.m. Monday to the 300 block of Morning Drive regarding a shooting and upon arrival they located a 23-year-old male that had been shot. Initial investigation indicates that the shooting took place at a residence in the 300 block of Stonehenge Way and the victim who was shot ran to the area of Morning Drive.

He was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“A motive has not been confirmed but preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting occurred after some sort of physical altercation between 2 to 3 subjects,” said ACCPD Public Information Officer Lt. Shaun Barnett. “We are still working to identify anyone that may have had involvement in this incident.”

Three days earlier, at about 9 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the Rocksprings Homes apartment complex off Baxter and South Rocksprings streets on a report that a 20-year-old resident had been shot.

The victim told officers that he was walking home from the store when he took a short-cut through the gate on the Baxter Street side, and upon reaching 224 Rocksprings Court a white, newer-model Chevrolet Impala pulled up, stopped under a camera, and someone inside the car began shooting at him, according to the report.

Though police reported recovering 18 9mm bullets from the scene, the victim was struck just once in the leg, receiving a non-life-threatening injury.

He ran to the back door of his home, telling his mother that he’d been shot, according to the police report.

One round was found to have gone through a community center door at the complex, the report noted.

Police asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Paul Johnson at 762-400-7060 or paul.johnson@accgov.com and anyone with information regarding the Stonehenge Way incident is asked to contact Detective David Harrison at 762-400-7361 or david.harrison@accgov.com

Final gun violence data for Athens in 2021 had yet to be compiled as of Tuesday.

However, on Dec. 7 Police Chief Cleveland Spruill released prepared remarks that at the time outlined the problem of shootings locally:

“Since the beginning of 2021, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has responded to 149 shooting incidents and recovered more than 898 bullet shell casings related to these shootings. The results of these shootings include 40 people in Athens being shot, with the majority of these being African-American. The latest examples of this ongoing violence include the two black men who were the victims of shootings just last night. In 2021, ACCPD officers have seized more than 393 guns off the streets as part of ACCPD’s efforts to prevent additional shootings and reduce violent crime. We know that shootings occur in our minority communities almost daily and that the large majority of the victims are people of color. These shootings are often carried out by violent drug dealers and gang members using AR-15’s or other high-powered rifles. They result in people of color being disproportionately shot, injured and killed in their own neighborhoods. Homes and vehicles are riddled with gunfire on almost a nightly basis, and in some instances with as many as 65 bullets being fired. Sadly, Athens has become a community where violent drug and gang members are emboldened enough to stream videos of themselves on social media while brandishing guns, AK-47’s, and other assault rifles with high-capacity drum magazines, all while making threats of violence.

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