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Car riddled with bullets in east Athens, occupants unharmed

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man and woman reportedly escaped serious injury over the weekend when the car they were in was shot up in an eastside neighborhood.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, officers responded at 11:42 p.m. Saturday to investigate a reported shooting at the intersection of Nellie B Avenue and Gressom Street.

Officer arrived to find a disabled car in the intersection, with multiple bullet holes in the body and rear window, according to the report. The occupants, a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were unharmed.

The man, a Hallmark Estates resident who had been driving the car, was uncooperative with officers and demanded to speak with a supervisor.

After detectives and forensics personnel arrived, the man continued to be disruptive and had to be briefly detained after he walked through the crime scene and kicked evidence out of place, according to the report, which noted that multiple bullet cartridge casings had been in the street and sidewalk.

Lt. Shaun Barnett on Tuesday said that detectives had yet to determine a motive for the shooting or identify any suspects.

“It is possible that there was more than one shooter as it appears that more than one gun was fired,” Barnett said.

Police asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Scott Black at or (762) 400-7058.

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