GBI releases identity of man killed by police in Athens – WSB Atlanta

GBI releases identity of man killed by police in Athens - WSB Atlanta

UPDATE: 2 UGA students involved in shooting on South Milledge, 1 hospitalized

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Athens-Clarke County police have released a sketch of the person they say robbed a University of Georgia student at gunpoint just before shooting one of the school’s lacrosse players multiple times. 

Police released a sketch of the suspect late Monday afternoon. Investigators describe him as being in his late teens to early 20s, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark hoodie, and dark pants. Police said he has long dreadlocks a gold or silver clasp in one of his braids or twists.

UGA victim IDd as lacrosse player; police release sketch of alleged shooter

The injured student, identified by his high school lacrosse team as Tate Prezzano, 22, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries Monday after the shooting, authorities said.

While officers were on the way, they received a report of a second student robbed at gunpoint at an apartment complex just a short distance away from the bus stop. Investigators believe both incidents are connected to the same suspect.

Suspect sought in robbery, shooting near UGA in Athens

Police said the shooter was a man with dreads or twists driving an early 2000s model Ford Mustang. The convertible is white with a tan roof.

Shortly after 7:15 a.m., police responded to a report of the shooting of a 22-year-old UGA student at a bus stop in the 2100 block of South Milledge Avenue. 

#breaking This is a sketch of the man wanted for robbing two UGA students, shooting one of them. More at 4. pic.twitter.com/wXhAJr30cN

Officers were sent to the 2100 block of South Milledge Avenue on a shooting call just after 7:15 a.m. Monday, according to Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Geoffrey Gilland. While officers were en route, the police department received a second call about an armed robbery that happened just moments before near the same location. 

When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot multiple times while waiting at an Athens bus stop. Prezzano was given first aid and taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, Gilland said.

Cambridge High School’s lacrosse team identified Prezzano, who is a junior communications major at UGA, as the victim. In a tweet, the school in Milton said he is in “critical but stable condition.” 

Cambridge HS c/o 15, Tate Prezzano, was a victim of an armed robbery this morning in Athens, GA. He is currently in a critical but stable condition. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. Will update as info is made available

A UGA student who lives just yards from the shooting scene told Channel 2 Action News he heard two gunshots.

“I was just laying in bed and I heard, ‘Pow! Pow!’” Zac Hendrix said. “And I was like, ‘Woah!’ So then I woke up, I immediately ran outside and I looked on the ground and there was a picture I never want to see again with blood just gushing out of someone. It was real sad.”

#Breaking Witnesses tell me the UGA student was shot at this off campus bus stop. They told me they heard two gunshots then ran outside and saw the victim. More at noon.

Prior to the shooting, a second victim, who is also a UGA student, was robbed at gunpoint, police chief Cleveland Spruill said in a news conference Monday afternoon. That student was not hurt in the robbery and was able to give police a description of the robber. 

“We are deeply saddened by these tragic and shocking events,” said an email sent to notify students, faculty and staff of the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to our two students who were involved — one of whom is hospitalized — as well as their families and friends.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lt. Stephen Daniel at [email protected] or 706-613-3330, ext. 235, or Sgt. David Norris at [email protected] or 706-613-3330, ext. 556. 

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