Man apparently shot self while driving, authorities say

An Evans man apparently shot himself Tuesday morning while driving on River Watch Parkway.

The 22-year-old man, whose name was withheld by police pending the notification of his next of kin, was driving west on River Watch just after 11 a.m. when his Toyota RAV4 hit a guardrail near Commerce Drive, according to Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene about 11:30 a.m., Garrison said. An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the man was found with a gunshot wound to his head. His death is a suspected suicide, Morris said.No foul play is suspected.

No one else was injured in the wreck.