Perhaps next time an Athens man will hesitate about helping someone in need after he was beaten over the head and shot early Wednesday morning outside a convenience store.
Mr. Brian Keith Buxton said he was at a convenience store in the 1700 block of Commerce Road around 2:30 a.m. when he saw a man sitting on the curb near the pay phone, according to the Athens-Clarke County police.
The man motioned for him to come over, and he did.
“He thought he needed help so he bent over to speak with him,” police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said. “When he bent over, he was hit on the back of the head from behind. The blow knocked him to the ground.”
Two men then proceeded to beat him and he was told to give them “all his stuff,” Ms. Sorrow said.
“At one point one of the suspect shot him in the shoulder and his cell phone and cash, total value $300, were stolen,” Ms. Sorrow said.
The suspects fled on foot toward North Bluff Road and Mr. Buxton’s girlfriend, who was waiting in the vehicle, helped him back to the car, the spokeswoman said.
He drove to Commerce Road and had his landlord drive them to Athens Regional Medical Center. His condition was unknown Thursday.
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