Truck Driver Shot In Chest At Flying J During Early Morning Robbery

Franklin County, Georgia – Another trucker has been shot. This time it was in a Flying J Travel Plaza in Carnesville, Georgia, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.

The Franklin County Sheriff said two armed men walked into the truck stop at Exit 160 on Interstate 85 around 3 a.m Monday. One suspect fired two shots inside, one of the shots hit the truck driver in the chest at close range. The trucker, who is from Florida according to authorities, had just refilled his truck with diesel and “offered no resistance, nor posed any threats to the armed intruders,” the sheriff’s office said.


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The gunmen demanded money and eventually received it from the store registers and then fled the scene, authorities said. Witnesses saw what is believed to be a 2007 model or newer tan or gray Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban leaving the parking lot across the street. The SUV entered I-85 on the sound bound entrance ramp.

The suspects remain at-large, “The two suspects are considered armed and dangerous,” the sheriff’s office said. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the robbers. They believe one has a small build and was wearing blue jeans, red shoes, and a gray and black hoodie with the word “LOVE” across the front and the word “ LOVE” on the right arm. The second man, according to the statement, has a heavy build and was wearing red pants, a black hoodie, a blue bandana and black shoes at the time of the alleged crime.

 

The victim was treated by Franklin County Emergency Medical Services then taken to a hospital in Athens. The injuries were life threatening but the victim is currently listed as stable. The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released.

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