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Teen shot outside Athens convenience store

By Joe Johnson

Athens-Clarke County police are investigating the shooting of a teen Tuesday afternoon outside of a northside convenience store.

According to police, officers responded at about 2 p.m. to a report of gunshots being fired in the 400 block of Newton Bridge Road and shortly afterward, police said, they were advised that someone with a gunshot wound had arrived at a local hospital.

An initial investigation determined that the 19-year-old male victim was injured as a result of being shot outside of Quick Pantry, at the corner of Newton Bridge Road and Kathwood Drive, according to police.

Officers responded to the hospital, where they were told the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Athens-Clarke County police Public Information Officer Lt. Shaun Barnett said detectives determined that the shooter and the victim “were involved in a confrontation with each other outside of this establishment. During the course of the confrontation, the suspect produced a firearm and fired several shots, striking the victim once.”

“The circumstances that led to the confrontation are still under investigation,” Barnett said, “It is believed that they were familiar with each other. Whether any of the involved parties had any gang affiliations is still under investigation as well.”

Barnett said that the investigation was ongoing and that anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Scott Black at 762-400-7058 or

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