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Video of Oconee RaceTrac clerk killer released

By Joe Johnson

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Saturday night released a video of the suspect who shot and killed a Watkinsville convenience store clerk early Friday morning..

The deadly shooting occurred between 1 and 2 a.m. at the RaceTrac located on U.S. Highway 441 at Hog Mountain Road.

Sheriff James Hale said it was not immediately known if robbery was the motive.

The call originated from a patron who discovered the victim Lying on the floor behind the counter.

Slain clerk Elijah Woods

Deputies arrived at 1:42 a.m. and began administering CPR on the victim but were unable to revive him. Medical personnel arrived shortly thereafter and determined that the victim was deceased.

The victim was identified by the sheriff’s office as 23-year-old Elijah Wood of Watkinsville.

The Sheriff's Office released these enhanced images of the RaceTrac killer

His killer, who was dressed all in black, reportedly walked directly to the counter and shot the clerk.

”This is a tough day for us,” the sheriff said. ”We know Elijah and his family well, in a good way. We didn’t have to look up his father’s address because we already knew where he lives. The family has numerous friends here. We urge anyone with information about this incident to contact us.”

a Gofundme account has been established to assist Wood’s family with burial expenses at

An image was released by the sheriff’s office of a white male who was at the store at about the time of the killing.

Investigators were attempting to identify and locate this man who may have been a witness to Woods' murder

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