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Mid-day gunfight at Rocksprings Homes housing community

By Joe Johnson

Bullets reportedly were flying mid-afternoon at Rocksprings Homes when men shot at each other with a pistol and shotgun while children were out and about at the public housing complex off Baxter Street.

Fortunately no injuries were reported at the scene, where police said vehicles were shot up and officers recovered over a dozen shell casings from a semiautomatic pistol and shotgun.

According to the Athens Clarke County Police Department, the incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 18. A police incident report indicates that officers reviewed video surveillance footage and determined the following facts:

A black male exited the passenger side of a silver Lexus parked on Baxter Street and entered Rocksprings carrying a shotgun a which he used to shoot at a black male who emerged from a gray Honda Accord that was occupied by two females who got out of the car and ran before any gunshots were fired, according to police.

The second male returned fire with a pistol and the two females got out of the Honda and ran away, according to police, and the male with the shotgun ran back to the Lexus which then sped away on Baxter Street.

The suspect with the shotgun was said by police to have been wearing a black jacket, dark pants and a black beanie or balaclava. His weapon was described as a "shockwave" type shotgun, which features a short barrel and pistol handgrip.

A Mossberg 590 Shockwave shotgun

The suspect from the Honda who had shot with a pistol was said by police to have worn blue jeans, a light-blue hoodie, and a fanny pack across his chest. The Honda was gray and it displayed Georgia rag YGV460. It and three other vehicles parked in the complex were damaged by gunfire, police said.

Evidence collected at the crime scene included 16 9mm shell casings, four shotgun shells and wadding, and three bullet fragments, police said.



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Another day in the neighborhood.

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BS Detector
BS Detector
Nov 27, 2023

Don't remember ever seeing anything about this on ABH.... But ABH has went downhill badly in covering events in Athens and surrounding counties. I've had ABH for over 40 years. Have seen stuff on WSB about Athens and never on ABH.

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Classic City News
Classic City News
Nov 27, 2023
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That’s what CCN is here for, to fill the gap in local news coverage.

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BAM. BAM. Shotgun. Pistol.

Children. BAM BAM.

Psychopaths who have no purpose or reason for existance.

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You obviously didn’t read my comment. You ok with people that have a mental illness having legal access to guns? Or just the white mass murderers?

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Izzy Mendalbaum
Izzy Mendalbaum
Nov 26, 2023

Don't it make ya proud!? I'm gonna bet the two 'gunmen' haven't worked a day this year and have learned to take money from Uncle Sam or some innocent person or store. I'll also bet that at least one of these vermin are out on bail. And the two women were likely guilty of something nefarious also. But who knows, right? I'm glad nobody got hurt, sorta. I wish both shooters had been badly wounded in the nose and forced to live the rest of their lives disfigured and runny.


Thanks Joe for working the term 'gunfight' into your headline. Gives a bit more texture to our humble little town.

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