Two people were shot Friday while riding on Ga. 365 in Hall County. Channel 2 Action News
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Cops: Man shot 2 people on highway in ‘random act,’ then shot himself

Two people were shot Friday while riding on Ga. 365 in Hall County, and the man suspected of firing from off the road later died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

“We believe this was a random act of violence,” Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said. “We know of no affiliation or motivation for the shooting.”

A 72-year-old man had a gunshot injury to a hip and a 54-year-old man had a gunshot wound to a leg, Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zachary Brackett said.

Both victims are in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, a spokeswoman said.

The suspect was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital.

No identities were released.

About noon, some people riding on Ga. 365 called 911 “to say they had been shot at,” sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said.

Soon after, deputies spotted a “suspicious vehicle” pulling out of a wooded area near the highway, Booth said.

The man fled a traffic stop by the Georgia State Patrol and stopped in the highway median. He was found unconscious.

There apparently was one shooter, Booth said. No officers fired shots. A total of three vehicles were hit by gunfire.

“This was an awful situation,” Ware said. “It could’ve been worse.

“Fortunately, there were only two victims.”

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