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Ranger shooting might be accident

BUFORD, GA. — A federal park ranger wounded by a gunshot while on duty might have been the accidental victim of a single bullet fired in a woman’s suicide, police said Friday.

D.P. Wright, a ranger for the Army Corps of Engi­neers at Lower Buford Dam Park, underwent surgery at a metro Atlanta hospital for a bullet wound in his stomach late Wednesday. Police say he was shot after approaching a woman in a truck to tell her the park was closed.

The woman, 34-year-old Qiana Moore, was found dead from what investigators believe was a self-inflicted gunshot. A suicide note was found. Police recovered only a single bullet casing from the scene, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith told WSB-T.

“There is the possibility that the bullet that killed her is also the one that struck the ranger,” Smith said.

He said investigators are looking into the possibility that the bullet passed through the window of Moore’s truck and then struck Wright, 70.

6 people arrested in cockfighting raid

JEFFERSON, GA. — Deputies have arrested six people in a raid on what they say was a cockfighting arena operating in a backyard near Athens.

Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said the arrests were the county’s first for illegal cockfighting in more than 20 years.

A police report said deputies acting on a tip last weekend found 15 to 20 people standing around as two roosters fought in the backyard of a home in Maysville. Deputies found feathers and metal spurs on the ground, bottles of penicillin and several dead roosters.

Spectators scattered when deputies showed up, but they arrested six men on charges of obstruction and cruelty to animals.

In other news

SAVANNAH POLICE say one person was injured and four vehicles were damaged when masonry over the storefront of a CVS pharmacy collapsed. Pieces of the pharmacy’s facade came crashing down Friday afternoon at a shopping center near Memorial University Medical Center.


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