Even with fingers shot off, victim not cooperating

SUWANEE -- The alleged shooting victim in a drug deal gone bad isn't pointing fingers -- even if he could.

Suwanee police responded Sunday to a person shot call at a BP gas station near the intersection of Old Peachtree and Lawrenceville-Suwanee roads. The man there claimed he and his wife had been the victim of an attempted carjacking.

The ends of several of his fingers had been shot off, Capt. Clyde Byers said.

"He said he had grabbed the gun (of the carjacker)," Byers said.

The story didn't quite add up, though. After Suwanee police learned the victim had been shot off Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross, they turned the scene over to Gwinnett County police. GCPD detectives believe they got to the bottom of it -- sort of.

Though Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter called both of the victims' stories "inconsistent" and said neither version could be corroborated, he said detectives believe the incident actually stemmed from a drug deal.

"This was involving a husband and wife attempting to buy dope somewhere in Norcross," Ritter said. "The deal went bad and the husband was shot in the hand. They left the area to seek medical treatment and got lost on the way and ended up in Suwanee at the BP station."

A crime scene investigation unit processed the gas station scene and took photos of the victim's white pickup truck, but, even down a few digits, the victim reportedly isn't helping authorities track down his assailant.

"The victim refused to cooperate with police and investigators and refused to pursue charges," Ritter said. "We don't have anything else to go on at this point."

No charges have been brought in the case.


Haughton 2 years, 2 months ago

Law enforcement can only do so much if someone refuses to cooperate. What a vile injury. Lesson learned?


GwinnettParent 2 years, 2 months ago

Lesson Learned? Probably not. Dope buying dope...says it all.


citized 2 years, 2 months ago

  1. Not to smart to pull in BP thinking he can get first aid there.
  2. Take his other fingers so he can't hold dope.

Reason 2 years, 2 months ago

Three fingers worth, please.


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