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Man reports car shot at while driving from downtown Athens

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man reported he was shot at early Tuesday as he drove home from downtown Athens.

The 20-year-old victim, who was not injured, said his car was fired upon three times by someone in a car that pulled next to him while driving east on East Broad Street at about 2:40 a.m., according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The victim told officers that the shooting was preceded by an argument he got into with one of two men he met in a bar downtown, and as he walked away, he was struck in the face two times, according to the report. The report noted that the man, who seemed to be intoxicated, did not know if he was struck by one or both of the men.

The man said he then got into his car and began to drive home and while on East Broad Street a silver Toyota drove up next to him in the right lane and three gunshots were fired at his car, according to the report.

He reportedly followed the Toyota, but lost sight of it after the car turned onto Hickory Street, according to the report.

When officer inspected the victim’s car, they located an apparent bullet hole in the back passenger-side door and saw that the driver’s side window was completely shattered.

The man described the suspects as black males, one of whom was light-skinned and the other darker, and both wore blue bandanas around their necks, according to the report. He said he did not remember their names.

Though the man said he followed the other vehicle, he did not get its tag number, the police report noted.

According to the report, an officer located the shooting scene, and detectives had the victim's car towed to the police impound lot for processing.

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