Athens Man Shot At by Unknown Suspect

An Athens man reported to police Wednesday that he was shot at by someone he doesn’t know.

According to an article by the Athens Banner-Herald, a man who lives at Hawthorne Extension was at the Arbor Ridge Apartments off of Epps Bridge Road on Wednesday when the incident took place.

The man who called police, 21-years-old, told Athens-Clarke County Police that he was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect began shooting at him.

“The man said he was text messaging in his car at the entrance to the apartment complex when another car occupied by at least four people slowly drove past and parked behind him, then a male got out of the other car and began shooting at him, according to article. “He sped away from the complex and drove up West Broad Street, pulling into a parking lot where a police officer was monitoring traffic. The officer observed bullet damage to the man’s car, including a rear window that was shattered.”

The man told police he had no idea who would want to shoot at him.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Days prior to the incident an Athens man was shot in the face on June 10 in an apparent armed robbery attempt at a trailer park, according to the ABH.

The victim was a 32-year-old Vincent Drive resident who had gone for a visit at Pinewood Estates North, off U.S. Highway 29 North.

“Although shot at close range, the man was not severely injured by the small-caliber projectile that did not penetrate his face too deeply, instead fragmenting into smaller pieces upon impact, Lt. Mike Tyndell, commanding officer of the Athens-Clarke County Police Robbery Homicide Unit told the ABH.

The motive for the assault appeared to be robbery. The victim had gotten out of his vehicle and was walking to a trailer when the suspect accosted him, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

“The victim told police it was possible the suspect did not mean to shoot him and inadvertently pulled the trigger when he turned to look at a passing vehicle,” the article reads.

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