A Doughety County police officer and an Albany Police Department officer search for evidence around an abandoned pickup truck suspected to have been used as get-a-way vehicle after a shooting at a fast-food restaurant on Oglethorpe Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.
Albany ALBANY — A man suffered a gunshot to the arm during an altercation with two men trying to rob him in a restaurant parking lot at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said.
Giorgi Kartvilish, 32, was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was listed in good condition Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Kartvilish's friend Irakli Bokuchava suffered a minor injury to his foot in the fight, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. Two bandits attempted the robbery in the parking lot at 1716 E. Oglethorpe Blvd. of the Long John Silver's restaurant.
The assailants, both black males, drove off in in an older model dark-blue Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The first robber was described as dark complexioned, wearing a white polo hat and shirt. The second suspect was of medium complexion with a low hair cut. There was no information on whether both men were armed.
"The victims resisted and struggled with the suspects in the back parking lot," Banks said. "The victim was shot and made his way next door to Wendy's for help."
Wendy's restaurant employees called 911. A mass of patrol cars and officers arrived within minutes to sweep through the restaurants and the parking lots, The officers strung yellow crime tape, marked evidence on the ground — including some currency — and spoke with employees.
The owner of the Wendy's franchise, Davis Ivey, arrived to find his employees in front of the restaurant talking to police. He put his arms around the shoulders of as many employees as he could reach.
"They are OK and handling this very good," Ivey said. "It's great everybody's OK."
A first viewing of a surveillance tape led police to say they were looking for a white man in a blue Nissan pickup in connection with the shooting.
After further questioning witnesses, police changed the suspect's descriptions to two black men in a Chevrolet S-10. Police tracked down the pickup the suspects abandoned about a mile away on the 100 block of Eugene Lane, a dirt alley east of Woodland Heights Residential Community.
The pickup was taken by a wrecker to the Law Enforcement Center, where a forensics team was to process it for fingerprints and other evidence.
Tracking dogs from the Dougherty County Police Department were deployed to track the assailants, but had no luck in the area around Eugene Lane. The suspects remained at large Wednesday night.
Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
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