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Athens-Clarke Police Investigating a Series of Shootings

Clarke County Sheriff's Office

Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating a series of shootings over the past few days.

A homeowner on Winterville Road told police he returned to his home just 12:30 am on Saturday when he heard a noise inside. He pulled out his pistol and went inside to find a man, with his face covered, crouched down in the hallway.  He says he chased the suspect out of the home and fired three shots at the suspect as he ran away. The victim says the man fired back at him four or five times. He says he is missing an AR-15 rifle, a laser sight, and about $200 in change.

Three men were injured Sunday morning, one critically, after an altercation at an Athens nightclub ended in gunfire. ACCPD says officers were called to the scene at Club Venom on Commerce Road after reports of shots being fired. According to a media release by Public Information Officer Epifanio Rodriguez, there were officers already in the area who heard the shots, when they arrive they saw several people running in all directions. Police say the club was overcrowded and it took some time for the crowd to disperse. Officers found one man had been shot in the chest. Police report the victim was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. According to Online Athens, he was placed on a ventilator. Another man’s shoulder was grazed by a bullet, and a third man suffered cuts to his legs when he fell during chaos caused by the shooting.

Credit Clarke County Sheriff's Office
Jerimirra Sheats

Police are also investigating after a police chase which began in West Broad Street in Athens ended in Oglethorpe county. Police Officers heard and saw several shots fired. They saw a red car speeding away from the scene and they pursued the vehicle. Four suspects, ranging in age from 16 to 21, were arrested when the chase ended in Oglethorpe County. Officers did not find a weapon in the vehicle. The suspects are 21-year old Andricus Henderson, 17-year old Jerimirra Sheats, 18-year old Antarius Sheats, and a 16-year old male. They are charged on several counts ranging from Aggravated Assault with a gun, to reckless conduct, to littering.

Credit Clarke County Sheriff's Office
Antarius Holland

Anyone with any information is asked to call the ACCPD at 706-613-3330.