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Man shot in face drives self to beauty supply store

Investigators gather evidence at the Beauty Queen 98¢ Store in Macon, Ga, where a man drove himself after being shot Tuesday evening.
Investigators gather evidence at the Beauty Queen 98¢ Store in Macon, Ga, where a man drove himself after being shot Tuesday evening. lcorley@macon.com

A man who had been shot in the face pulled up in a bullet-pierced car early Tuesday evening outside a west Macon beauty supply store.

Bibb County sheriff's deputies cordoned off the Beauty Queen 98¢ Store on Mercer University Drive as investigators interviewed dozens of witnesses after the 5 p.m. shooting.

Witnesses told The Telegraph the man, later identified as Steven Lamar Gay, was wearing blood-soaked clothes when he drove up to the store's entrance, which faces Burton Avenue.

Gay got out of the car and called 911.

The 23-year-old was grazed by a bullet just above the left eye when someone shot at him several times, according to a news release from the sheriff's office late Tuesday.

Maurice Kirkland, manager at the nearby Precision Auto a Tune Care, said Gay was a customer of his and had purchased from him the green 1995 Toyota Camry that was parked outside the store. The driver's side window appeared to have been busted out.

On Sharon Drive, between Burton Avenue and Edna Place, about a mile from the store, investigators marked at least eight shell casings in the 3000 block. Broken shards of glass were scattered in the street.

Deputies circled around a brick house and appeared to be searching for something.

A woman who lives next door said she was home all day but didn't know why a half-dozen patrol cars were blocking the street in front of her home.

"Are you trying to tell me somebody got shot at eight times over here and I didn't hear a thing," she told a Telegraph reporter. "My God. ... That's scary."

Gay was in stable condition at Navicent Health late Tuesday.

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