Fatal shooting outside Athens bar

Monday, May 12, 2014 8:38 AM
Last updated 8:40 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Police are still searching for information in connection to a shooting outside Bootleggers nightclub early Saturday that killed one man and injured another.

Both men appear to have been innocent bystanders as shots were fired in a dispute in a parking lot adjacent to the club, police said.

Police said in a news release Saturday night they are seeking information concerning a light-colored Ford Mustang and its occupants seen leaving the parking lot.

Derrick Merritt, 22, was identified by police as the man who was killed in connection with the incident.

A call to Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson for more information regarding the official cause of Merritt’s death went unreturned as of Sunday afternoon.

Jamaris Antrellis Walter, also 22, remained at a hospital in serious condition Saturday night, according to police. Walter was not listed as a patient at Athens Regional Medical Center or St. Mary’s Hospital on Sunday morning, according to patient information employees at both hospitals.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working with Athens-Clarke police in the investigation and also was unavailable Sunday to discuss the case.

According to an Athens-Clarke police report, officers were dispatched to the scene at 2:40 a.m. Saturday and found the two men seriously injured in the parking lot.

Both men were said to have been immediately transported to area hospitals.

Authorities are asking witnesses to come forward with any information that might help identify the people involved in the incident.

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grinder48 05/12/14 - 11:51 am
2:40 AM

Horrible, condolences to the victims and their families. I say it every time I read one of these - young folks, please go home. Sooo much tragedy and evil occurs between midnight and 6 AM ... please go home!

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