The victim, 27, said he was walking in the area of Guest House and the Merchants Square shopping center Sunday between 9:30 and 10 p.m. when a man driving an older model pick-up truck approached, and asked "if he wanted to buy some weed," according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, above.
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"I don't do that stuff," the victim twice told the man, who got out of the truck and started to pat the victim's pocket, as if he were looking for money. The victim told deputies he pushed away the man, who then pulled a handgun from his right front pocket and shot the victim in the left forearm.
The man jumped back in the truck and drove away, and the victim ran into nearby woods and called a friend to come and pick him up, he told police. His friend spotted the victim walking near Crown Inn, saw the wound and drove him to the hospital, she said, according to the report.
The bullet appeared to have entered the wrist area and exited the top part of the forearm, noted a deputy, who was dispatched to Cartersville Medical Center shortly before midnight.
The victim said he had been "hanging out" with a man named "Larry," in a specific room of the Guest House motel, but the deputy did not find a man by that name there or at the Crown Inn motel.
He described the suspect as:
- A Caucasian man,
- 25 to 28 years old,
- 6-feet tall with a slim build,
- 160 to 170 pounds,
- Box-style haircut,
- No facial hair, and
- Wearing a black T-Shirt.
The suspect's truck was an older-model, dark-in-color Chevrolet pickup with a single cab, square headlights and loud exhaust.
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