Within 45 minutes, police respond to stabbing, 2 shootings

Between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:15 a.m. Monday, authorities said they responded to a stabbing and two shootings in Athens.

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Between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:15 a.m. Monday, authorities said they responded to a stabbing and two shootings in Athens.

Between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:15 a.m. Monday, authorities said they responded to a stabbing and two shootings in Athens.

Police have not determined if the crimes are related, but they are seeking leads from the public, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said.

Officers were first dispatched to the stabbing at an apartment in the Sycamore Drive area, Rodriguez said.

When they arrived, they saw a woman applying pressure to a man’s stab wound. She told police she and three men borrowed a car. The owner confronted them and asked them for more money than previously requested when they returned the vehicle to him, according to police.

“He believed the victim and his friends were gone too long” and “went after” them, Rodriguez said.

The victim put himself between his friends and the car’s owner and was stabbed in the back. His injuries were not life-threatening, Rodriguez said.

Fifteen minutes later, police received reports of gunfire less than five miles away from the stabbing scene. Three people were home when multiple shots hit the residence and a vehicle off of Bailey Road, Rodriguez said.

As police were investigating that shooting, authorities learned of a similar incident about 12:15 a.m. Monday. Two people were home when multiple shots hit the residence and two vehicles off of Highland Park Drive, Rodriguez said.

No one was injured in the shootings.

“A Crime Stoppers award is available for anyone who can provide investigators with any credible information about these incidents,” Rodriguez said.

Tipsters, who can remain anonymous, can contact Det. Scott Black at scott.black@accgov.com or 706-613-3330, ext. 798.

Police said the man behind the stabbing goes by the name “Junior” and was last seen driving away from the scene toward West Broad Street. He is described as between 40 and 50 years old and about 5-foot-9.

Anyone with information on that incident is asked to contact Sgt. David Norris at david.norris@accgov.com or 706-613-3330, ext 556.

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