A Georgia College student-athlete is recuperating in a Macon hospital after being shot while driving along Vinson Highway Tuesday night.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Capt. Brad King said no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting as of Thursday morning.
King said Detective Reid White had gone to The Medical Center, Navicent Health to interview the 19-year-old victim, identified as Lance Underwood of Blairsville.
The victim, a member of the Bobcats’ cross country team, sustained a gunshot wound to his right inner thigh, according to an incident report filed by Deputy Benjamin Forbus.
The shooting reportedly happened between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Forbus said Underwood was driving along the 1200 block of Vinson Highway in his 2011 Honda Accord when a bullet struck the driver’s side door and wounded him.
Forbus said a 911 dispatcher received a telephone call from the victim indicating he had been shot somewhere on Vinson Highway in the area of Johnnie McDade’s Grocery, according to the incident report.
An officer with the Milledgeville Police Department informed a 911 dispatcher that police were checking on a car in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station with what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver’s side door.
Forbus said when he arrived he assisted officers in securing the crime scene before he began looking for evidence.
A police officer, whose name was not listed in the deputy’s report, meanwhile, went inside the store and talked with a clerk.
“The MPD officer checked the security tape and saw Underwood’s vehicle pull up and park,” Forbus said in his report. “The MPD officer stated a few minutes later that a second vehicle pulled up and (the driver of that car) put Underwood in his car and drove him to the Navicent Health Baldwin ER (emergency room).”
Forbus identified the driver of that car as 19-year-old Quillian Holland of Dublin, who also is a member of the GC cross country team.
Another deputy, David Watson, also responded to the local hospital and provided information.
Watson said when he got to the hospital, he talked with Holland, who informed him that he and Underwood had been running at Bartram Forest. The teammates had gone there and left in separate cars.
Shortly after they left, Holland said he received a phone call from Underwood asking for him to meet him at the Exxon station because he had been shot and needed a ride to the hospital.
Holland said when he got to the station he got out of his car and helped his friend get inside. Holland said he drove straight to the hospital so his friend could receive the medical attention he needed.
Watson said in his report that he was unable to talk with Underwood because medical staff was rendering aid to him at the time.
King said he later learned that the victim was going to be transferred from the local hospital to the Macon hospital.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 478-445-5102.