A man was shot early Sunday morning in the parking lot of Rock-A-Billy’s nightclub, 4821 Sheraton Drive, and another man was shot while driving him to the hospital, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Antonio Fitzpatrick, 30, of Macon was shot in the arm about 2:30 a.m. The bullet struck an artery and he was rushed into surgery when he arrived at the hospital, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Mario Lindsey, 27, of Plantation Centre Drive, put Fitzpatrick in his vehicle, but on the way a dark sport utility vehicle pulled up next to Lindsey’s vehicle on Interstate 75 near the Hardeman Avenue exit. Lindsey told deputies several shots were fired from the other vehicle and one of the bullets went through a door and struck him in the leg, according to the release.
He didn’t see the shooter, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Lindsey told deputies he got off the interstate and sped toward Hardeman Avenue as the other vehicle continued south on I-75. He was treated at the hospital and released Sunday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.
Two other shooting incidents were reported in the Rock-A-Billy’s parking lot within 30 minutes of the shooting.
A 20-year-old Reynolds woman told deputies she and two friends heard gunshots while leaving the parking lot about 2:40 a.m. and their car was struck by a bullet. No one was injured, according to a sheriff’s office report.
While searching for evidence related to Fitzpatrick’s shooting, deputies found a 2004 Nissan Armada had been shot four times — three shots damaged the rear tailgate and a rear tire appeared to have been shot. Deputies found blood around the vehicle, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Sgt. Sean DeFoe said investigators are still trying to determine whether the shootings that injured Fitzpatrick and Lindsey are related to the shots that damaged the two vehicles in the parking lot.
Club management told investigators there wasn’t an incident inside the club early Sunday morning, DeFoe said.
A message left at the nightclub was not returned Monday. Calls to Donnie Giles, president of the corporation that owns Rock-A-Billy’s, were not answered Monday afternoon.
Giles attended a Thursday town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, where violence at area nightclubs was discussed.
He said he’s installed lights, security cameras and has an employee who patrols in a golf cart.
Anyone with information about the gun crimes is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 746-9441 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.