Teen shot in foot, no mem­ory of shooter

Other strange shoot­ing, odd rob­bery re­ported

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

Shots rang out in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents where New­ton County res­i­dents were sus­pi­ciously in­jured by bul­let wounds, ac­cord­ing to New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice re­ports.

A 19- year- old New­ton County man was ad­mit­ted to the New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter emer­gency room with a gun­shot wound to the foot.

He and an­other man ini­tially re­ported to Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies that he had been shot in the foot at a bar in Rock­dale Aug. 31 around 11: 30 p. m.

How­ever, when the vic­tim’s mother showed up later, she said to Rock­dale in­ves­ti­ga­tors that her son had been shot at a Moun­tain­view Drive res­i­dence in New­ton County and the vic­tim’s older brother had re­port­edly told her this in­for­ma­tion.

An NCSO deputy was called in around 2:45 a.m. But when he tried to speak with the vic­tim, the 19-yearold claimed he re­mem­bered noth­ing of the in­ci­dent, the per­son who shot him, nor where it hap­pened.

The other man, who had driven the vic­tim to the hospi­tal, also claimed that he “knew noth­ing and saw noth­ing,” de­spite his pre­vi­ous state­ment to the Rock­dale deputy.

The mother re­port­edly said to the NCSO and RCSO deputies that if they didn’t get the shooter, she would.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, NCSO deputies re­ceived a call just af­ter mid­night on Aug. 22 of a per­son hav­ing been shot in his home.

When they ar­rived, they found an in­jured 26-year-old male with a gun­shot wound to his left arm.

The vic­tim told deputies a black male had shot him through the glass door of the front en­trance.

Deputies re­port­edly found shat­tered glass and bul­let holes through the glass door.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors and were ini­tially called out to the house be­cause there was some in­di­ca­tion that the in­ci­dent might have been drug re­lated based on ev­i­dence found on the scene, said NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell. In­ves­ti­ga­tors later con­cluded the case was not drug re­lated, said spokesper­son In­ves­ti­ga­tor Shar­ron Ste­wart.

Firearms were also al­legedly in­volved in an­other sus­pect crime on La­bor Day.

A So­cial Cir­cle man was re­port­edly robbed at gun­point on Sept. 1 by a high school ac­quain­tance in the park­ing lot of a con­ve­nience store.

Deputies re­ceived a call about the rob­bery around 8:30 p.m. and met with the vic­tim at a gas sta­tion on Ga. High­way 11.

The vic­tim told deputies he had seen some­one he knew from high school at the Amer­i­can C-Store South Fork store on Flat Shoals Road and Cov­ing­ton By­pass around 8 p.m.

“He stopped to talk with the in­di­vid­ual, who in turn al­legedly robbed him,” Mitchell said.

The rob­ber took money and other items the vic­tim had with him at the time. Mar­i­juana was re­port­edly in­volved in the in­ci­dent, al­though the amount is un­de­ter­mined, said Mitchell.

There was no de­scrip­tion of the per­pe­tra­tor re­ported, but the vic­tim de­scribed the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle as a gold­col­ored BMW.

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