Two males were shot in two separate incidents overnight.
According to police reports, a 17 year old was shot twice, once in each foot, while in the 100 block of Bell Street about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and a second victim, 23, was shot in the back of the knee about 2:30 a.m. today.
In the first incident, officer Adam Blane reported he was in the 800 block of Whitesville Street when he heard “approximately 30 rapidly fired shots” and saw several people running around Southside Sports Bar and behind the business toward Bell Street. As Blane tried to find where the shooting occurred, 911 officials told him a person was shot on Bell Street.
Blane found the victim on the curb crying that he had been shot in the foot. The victim suffered a shot in the heel area on his right foot and toe on his left foot
The victim and a friend told Blane that they were walking west on Bell Street when several people “came out of bushes from behind a residence” and “started shooting at them with assault style rifles, reportedly without provocation.” The suspects then ran east down the street and someone called 911.
A vehicle’s windshield was also damages from a bullet. The victim was treated and released from West Georgia Medical Center.
Nearly six hours later, several people called 911 reporting shots fired in the area of Mason Street. Officer Clinton Stephens responded and found nothing, but then received a call from West Georgia Health that a victim had been brought in for a gunshot wound.
Stephens met the victim at West Georgia Medical Center, who said he was on Macon Street meeting with a friend at a residence when he saw a “blue or grey” Ford Crown Victoria drive down Borton Street and roll by slowly, circle around, then stop at the intersection with Macon Street. The victim said an occupant of the vehicle, possibly in the rear driver’s side, fired five or six shots, one of them striking the victim, and the vehicle fled.
The victim said a friend drove him to the hospital, where he was listed in good condition this morning.
Police still were investigating the shootings this morning. They had not determined any apparent connection between the incidents.
Anyone with information was asked to call the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000, or text an anonymous tip to 274637, keyword “LAGRANGE.” Tips also may be submitted online at www.lagrangega.org or www.facebook.com/lagrangepolicedept