Woman injured when car shot at in west Athens neighborhood


Street signs mark the intersection where a woman was injured by gunfire Wednesday afternoon

By Joe Johnson

A 63-year-old woman reportedly was injured Wednesday afternoon when someone shot at her car in a westside neighborhood and she was cut by shattered glass.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, communication officers at about 1:26 p.m. received multiple 911 calls from people who reported hearing gunshots in the area of Paris Street and Campbell Lane and that a woman in a Honda might have been hit.

The first responding officer was met by a group of people who were standing in the street and pointing at the victim, a woman who resided on Cone Drive on the east side of Athens, according to the report.

The woman related that she was sitting in the vehicle’s passenger seat when she heard what she thought was a vehicle backfiring, the officer wrote in the report, “then she stated a second shot hit her windshield causing glass to fly into the cab of the car.”

The victim told the officer that after the shooting, she saw a black pickup truck driving away on Paris Street, according to the report, which noted that two shell casings were recovered at the corner of Paris Street and Campbell Lane and the jacket from a round was found just in front of the damaged vehicle.

The woman’s face was cut from flying glass and she had a large cut on her thumb that was treated at the scene by National EMS personnel.

The report noted that the victim had a history of arrests for drugs and theft, but did not offer a possible motive for the shooting.

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