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Woman seriously injured when shot in east Athens

Tishauwn Taquan Mahaffey

By Joe Johnson

An Athens woman was shot and seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in an eastside neighborhood, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The incident occurred at about 3:23 pm. on Berlin Street, where police said officers responded to an unknown problem.

Upon arrival, officers found evidence that a shooting had taken place, but did not locate anyone who had been shot.

Whitley Smith, 28 of Athens, subsequently arrived at a local hospital with a serious, but non-life- threatening, gunshot wound, and detectives were able to link the injury to the incident on Berlin Street, according to police.

Investigation of the incident has led to the issuance of an aggravated assault warrant against Tishauwn Taquan Mahaffey, 30, of Athens.

Mahaffey was previously identified by police as being a member of the NBA (Never Broke Again) street gang.

Anyone with information concerning the incident or the whereabouts of Mahaffey should contact Detective Paul Johnson at 762-400-7060 or

Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at 706-705-4775.

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