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Macon shooting victim taken to hospital with wound to face

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A man was taken to a hospital Thursday afternoon after he was shot in the face in Macon.

Joseph Silas Jr., 43, suffered a gunshot wound to the cheek and was treated at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, for the injury that was not life threatening, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 4 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Precision Tune at 3240 Mercer University Drive in reference to a person shot just, but couldn’t find the victim, the release said.

A subsequent dispatch reported a shooting victim at the corner of Churchill Street and Brentwood Avenue. Arriving deputies discovered he was the victim from Precision Tune, the release said.

The business and where the victim was found are about a mile apart. A suspect description was not available.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Becky Purser is a breaking news reporter. She previously covered crime and courts for Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.


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