WARRENTON, Ga. -- Two men and a 16-year-old teenager -- all charged with armed robbery and other criminal charges by Georgia and South Carolina authorities -- are believed to have been responsible for shooting at a stranded motorist along Interstate 20 in Warren County early Sunday, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
Christopher George Anthony Williams, of Lithonia, hid in a wooded area after being shot at by a young boy armed with a shotgun about 5:30 a.m. near Mile Marker 164, Warren County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jamie Henning said.
Mr. Williams, who was not injured, alerted authorities using his cellular telephone.
Deputy Henning said Mr. Williams, who was en route to Augusta for an interview, had been traveling eastbound in his Toyota Camry when the front passenger tire blew out -- leaving him stranded alongside the highway. He called for help from AAA.
A few minutes later, a black-colored car pulled up and the driver exited, asking Mr. Williams questions and whether he needed any help. After Mr. Williams told the man that help was on the way, the man got back into his car, backed up and pulled back up to Mr. Williams' car. At the time, Mr. Williams was inside his car with the doors locked. The man tried to open Mr. Williams' car doors, but couldn't.
The man, described as black with gold teeth and wearing a hat, walked back to his car. Mr. Williams told Deputy Henning that he then spotted a young boy, described as white, brandish a shotgun out the front passenger window of that car. A shotgun blast was fired at Mr. Williams, who managed to duck down in his seat to keep from being hit.
The car then quickly drove off, while Mr. Williams fled into a nearby wooded area, fearing the individuals might return before authorities could arrive.
Deputy Henning said he posted a lookout for the car that sped away and later learned that the individuals had robbed a business at gunpoint in Richmond County and traveled into South Carolina where they reportedly robbed another business.
No one was hurt in either of those holdups.
Authorities later became involved in a chase of the suspects. They later were apprehended after the driver of the car wrecked in Beech Island, S.C. while being pursued by authorities from three different law enforcement agencies.
Deputy Henning said he will be talking with Toombs Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Attorney William Doupe' about what sort of charges the trio might be facing in Warren County.
"Right now, it looks like aggravated assault," Deputy Henning said.