Man sought in connection with Evans shooting

Columbia County authorities are looking for Robert Donnell Hobbs, 19, of Old Evans Road in Martinez, in connection with the shooting of a 25-year-old man outside his Evans home Monday night.

Columbia County authorities are looking for a man in connection with a Monday night shooting outside an Evans home.

Robert Donnell Hobbs, 19, of Old Evans Road in Martinez, is wanted in the shooting of Julian Derrick Bell, 25. A second suspect is still unidentified, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Bell told authorities he was playing basketball at Wedgewood Park Apartments on Monday evening when he got into an argument with two men, one later identified as Hobbs. Before it escalated, Bell said he went home about 10:45 p.m., according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

When Bell parked at his home on Evans to Locks Road, he said Hobbs and another man approached him and fired a handgun into his vehicle, according to the report.

Bell was hit once in the abdomen and twice in the left thigh. He was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he underwent surgery early Tuesday, Morris said.

Morris said Bell is stable and recovering from his injuries.

Anyone with information about Hobbs’ whereabouts is asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.


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