Update: Slain victim ID’d in 7th Athens shooting over 3 days kills one, seriously injures another

Updated: Oct 28


By Joe Johnson

A seventh shooting incident in Athens this week reportedly killed a woman and seriously injured a teenage male.

The incident was the seventh shooting in Athens since Wednesday.

All but one of the previous shootings were said by Athens-Clarke County police to be related and likely gang related.

Officers responded to the most recent incident at about 12:30 a.m. Friday after hearing multiple gunshots while patrolling in the Jefferson Road area police said. At about the same time, police received 911 calls concerning shots fired in the area of Kathwood Drive and Rolling Ridge Drive.

According to police, when officers arrived at Rolling Ridge Apartments, they located two gunshot wound victims, and provided life-saving care.

They were transported by National EMS to the hospital, where 20-year-old Ndya Hill of Hoyt Street was pronounced dead, police said, and the 17-year-old male was left in serious condition.

His name has not been released by police.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Black at 762-400-7058 or Scott.Black@accgov.com or Det. Lister at 762-400-7333 or Hovie.Lister@accgov.com.

The deadly double shooting came on the heels of a 10-hour period in Athens, on Wednesday and Thursday, when there were six shooting incidents over a 10-hour period in which police said two people were injured, and homes were shot at.

All but one of those shootings likely were gang related, according to Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD’s public information officer.

“Preliminary information, including the locations and times and other factors lead us to believe these incidents possibly were likely gang-related” drive-by shootings, he said on Thursday.

Barnett said officers responded to the first shooting at about 4 p.m. Wednesday to the area of Broadacres Court regarding discharging firearms.

“Officers arrived and found that several rounds had been fired in the area of 65 Broadacres Ct. where no injuries were reported,” he said.

Over five hours later, at about 9:40 p.m. according to Barnett, officers responded to a discharging firearms call in the area of Bethel Midtown Village and found that several rounds had been fired in the area of 155 Hickman Drive, where no injuries were reported.

Two hours later, at about 11:37 p.m., officers raced to the 600 block of Freeman Drive, where a residence had been struck by gunfire regarding discharging firearms, Barnett said, but no injuries were reported.

Less than three hours after that, at about 2:16 a.m. Thursday, according to the lieutenant, officers went to another firearms call in the 100 block of Burgundy Court, where they found that a residence had been shot at.

Again, no injuries were reported.

At about 3:40 a.m. Thursday another residence, this time in the 300 block of Fairview Street was found by officers to have been struck by gunfire, with no one reported injured, according to Barnett.

The one shooting that Barnett said was not related happened in a home at University Oaks apartments, 2360 W. Broad St., to where officers responded at about 9:13 p.m. Wednesday and found that two males were shot.

He said that both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital by National EMS.

There were no suspects or known motive.

The investigation of the Rolling Ridge fatal shooting was ongoing, and police asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Scott Black at 762-400-7058 or Scott.Black@accgov.com, or Detective Hovie Lister at 762-400-7333 or Hovie.Lister@accgov.com.

The fatal double shooting came on the heels of six shootings over a 10-hour period in Athens this week that left two people injured.

All but one of the shootings likely were gang related, according to Lt. Shaun Barnett, public information officer for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Barnett said it was not yet known if the double shooting at Rolling Ridge was related to the five apparent gang-related shootings.

“Our detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the determination of a motive,” he said.

“Preliminary information, including the locations and times and other factors lead us to believe these incidents possibly were likely gang-related” drive-by shootings, he said.

Barnett said officers responded to the first shooting at about 4 p.m. Wednesday to the area of Broadacres Court regarding discharging firearms.

“Officers arrived and found that several rounds had been fired in the area of 65 Broadacres Ct. where no injuries were reported,” he said.

Over five hours later, at about 9:40 p.m. according to Barnett, officers responded to a discharging firearms call in the area of Bethel Midtown Village and found that several rounds had been fired in the area of 155 Hickman Drive, where no injuries were reported.

Two hours later, at about 11:37 p.m., officers raced to the 600 block of Freeman Drive, where a residence had been struck by gunfire regarding discharging firearms, Barnett said, but no injuries were reported.

Less than three hours after that, at about 2:16 a.m. Thursday, according to the lieutenant, officers went to another firearms call in the 100 block of Burgundy Court, where they found that a residence had been shot at.

Again, no injuries were reported.

At about 3:40 a.m. Thursday another residence, this time in the 300 block of Fairview Street was found by officers to have been struck by gunfire, with no one reported injured, according to Barnett. The one shooting that Barnett said was not related happened in a home at University Oaks apartments, 2360 W. Broad St., to where officers responded at about 9:13 p.m. Wednesday and found that two males had been shot.

He said that both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital by National EMS.

There were no suspects or known motive.

Classic City News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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