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Mayor of Ga. city shot in own home

Agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation search for evidence at Dawson mayor Christopher Wright’s home Friday. Wright was shot multiple times late Thursday and is listed in serious but stable condition. (Staff photo: Jim West)

Agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation search for evidence at Dawson mayor Christopher Wright’s home Friday. Wright was shot multiple times late Thursday and is listed in serious but stable condition. (Staff photo: Jim West)

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The Crawford Street home of Dawson mayor Christopher Wright was isolated as a crime scene after Wright was gunned down late Thursday. (Staff photo: Jim West)

DAWSON — Christopher Wright, Dawson’s 23-year-old mayor, was shot at his Crawford Street home Thursday night, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Kim Baker, special agent-in-charge of the Sylvester GBI field office, said the Dawson Police Department was notified of a shooting around 10:30 p.m. Thursday and discovered Wright at his residence.

At 11:05 p.m., the GBI was contacted for support in the shooting case, Baker said. Officials said they were conducting an evidence sweep of the crime scene and interviewing neighbors any others who may have knowledge of the shooting.

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Pro-Wright election posters seen on a downtown business front. (staff photo: Jim West)

Around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Lucius Holloway Sr., a Terrell County commissioner and a friend of Wright, said he had just been with the Wright family at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, where he said Wright was undergoing surgery. According to Holloway, doctors reported Wright to be in “serious but stable” condition.

Ezekiel Holley, director of the NAACP’s Terrell County chapter, described Wright, still in his first year as mayor, as an aggressive young man who is in the process of “revolutionizing” Dawson.

“He’s trying to bring in better housing, more jobs, education,” Holley said. “The entire state of Georgia is in a mode of prayer that he will recover and be stronger than ever.”

Holley said he had no reason to believe anyone would want to kill or injure Wright, but wondered why the attacker would shoot him multiple times in a robbery.

“I know he had political enemies,” Holley said. “Jesus had political enemies. But whether any of those enemies would like to see him hurt, well, that’s the question.”

The GBI is requesting anyone with information concerning the Christopher Wright shooting to contact the Dawson Police Department at (229) 995-4414, the Sylvester field office of the GBI at (229) 777-2080 or the GBI at (404) 244-2600.