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Man injured in 9th shooting in same downtown Athens location over past year


By Joe Johnson

A man reportedly was shot in downtown Athens over the weekend.

He was shot in the same area where eight others have been injured by gunfire over the past year.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, the most recent shooting occurred early Sunday morning in the area of East Clayton and North Jackson streets.,

While officers were investigating, they were notified that a 20-year-old man had arrived at the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to police.

“l Initial information indicates that the individual’s injury is related to the discharging firearms heard by officers in the area of Clayton Street and Jackson Street,” police said.

The intersection of Clayton and Jackson is the same area where, in September 2021, 21-year-old Pharoah Devonell Williams of Athens allegedly shot and injured seven people in what police called a gang-related incident.

He and four other alleged members of the Blood Trey Nine street gang were subsequently indicted on multiple aggravated assault, firearms, and criminal street gang activity charges.

They allegedly shot at members of a rival gang, the Roadrunners, which is affiliated with the Gangster Disciples, according to the indictment.

The other shooting in that area occurred in August of this year, police said, when a 17-year-old Winterville resident was shot by another teen.

After the shooter was arrested near the scene, police said, he was found to have a pistol in his waistband, and a loaded AR-15 rifle and two stolen handguns in his car, along with $916 in cash and a small bag of marijuana.


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I mean, I expected the racist comments, but I’m honestly surprised at how overt it is. Rap music and black people being downtown = violence and gangs. So gross.

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Unknown member
Nov 08, 2022
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I guess you've never hear of R Kelly... Who do you think he was singing about in all those songs? Underage girls.

I saw the name Osteen and thought I was talking to Joel. Him being a preacher of a large church and going on all the things he's written here I'm fairly confident he's a massive phony and yes, probably going to hell.

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Unknown member
Nov 07, 2022

Remember when downtown was safe and there was virtually NEVER any gunfire? Remember when gangs didn't hang out downtown? Remember when Athens music scene didn't include rap?

Thanks Mariah Parker, Flagpole, Red and black, Online Athens, Athens Banner-Herald, etc... Your DEI efforts to turn Athens into Atlanta has worked and has ruined a once great city. You promoted the rap culture in Athens and this is the result.

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emccorkle
Nov 08, 2022
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President LBJ created the destruction of culture and family structure with the Great Society. It is gone forever.

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If DA won’t require cash bail & won’t prosecute ..& the street knows this ..it’s not going to get better anytime soon

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