Authorities are looking for these men in connection with an armed robbery and shooting in Franklin County.
Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office

‘Armed and dangerous’ duo wanted after robbing gas station, shooting truck driver

A truck driver from Florida was seriously injured after armed robbers randomly shot him at a gas station in Carnesville over the weekend, authorities said.

Two people are at large after taking off from the Flying J gas station and travel plaza, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement 

According to the statement, the robbers entered the store at the travel plaza at about 3 a.m. Saturday. One of them shot the truck driver in the upper chest at close range with a revolver. He had just refilled his truck with diesel and “offered no resistance, nor posed any threats to the armed intruders,” the sheriff’s office said.

The duo demanded money from the cash register and sped off in a tan or light gray SUV on I-85 southbound.

“The two suspects are considered armed and dangerous,” the sheriff’s office said.

The victim was taken to a hospital in Athens with life-threatening injuries but is stable, officials said.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the robbers. They believe one has a small build and is wearing blue jeans, red shoes, and a gray and black hoodie with the word “LOVE” across the front and the word “ LOVE” on the right arm. The second man, according to the statement, has a heavy build and is wearing red pants, a black hoodie, a blue bandana and black shoes.

The sheriff’s office believes they may be driving a 2007 or newer model Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.

In other news:

The carjacking happened shortly after midnight at the DoubleTree Hotel in Buckhead.

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