Wednesday attack victim identified



Authorities have identified an Augusta man who said he was shot by a stranger Wednesday.

While in the parking lot of Good Hope Baptist Church at 710 E. Cedar St., David James Towns, 39, told deputies he was shot three times in the face by an unidentified black male, according to a Richmond County incident report.

Investigators acknowledge Towns was wounded, but said Thursday they are uncertain what caused his wounds.

According to the incident report, deputies found Towns and another man around 5:30 a.m. after responding to a call on the 3800 block of Belair Road. Towns was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center with what they described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

The two men said they had been approached by a third man at a gas station on East Boundary, where the suspect identified himself as TJ. The two men reportedly asked TJ where they could find some girls and TJ told them he would help them, according to the report.

The three rode to the parking lot of Good Hope Baptist Church, where the man asked Towns and his companion if they were carrying weapons.

When they said “no,” he got out of the vehicle near the rear of the church, the report said, then pulled out a small handgun and shot Towns three times in the face. The suspect then ran in an unknown direction, the report said.

The uninjured man drove Towns to the 3800 block of Belair Road where authorities arrived on scene, the report said.

Police continue to investigate the victim’s injuries.

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