7 people hurt when gunman opens fire in Georgia college town

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Seven people were injured in Georgia when a man with a gun opened fired into a crowd of people, police said.

The shooting happened in downtown Athens at around 2 a.m. Sunday after a large fight broke out, Athens-Clarke County police said.

“Seven individuals were injured as a result of the gunfire,” police said in a statement.

The injuries to the seven victims are not considered life-threatening, police Lt. Shaun Barnett said.

Police were searching for a 21-year-old man whom they consider a suspect in the shooting. They described him as armed and dangerous, and are seeking help from the public as they search for him.

Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Downtown Athens is a short walk to the University of Georgia campus, and large crowds were out late Saturday night and into the morning hours celebrating a big football win. Georgia had just beaten Clemson University in the Saturday evening game.

At least six of the seven victims were shot, police said.

Five of the victims were found with gunshot wounds at the scene, and two other victims showed up later at a hospital, Barnett said.

Of those two victims, one had been shot, but injuries to the other person remain under investigation, Barnett said in an email to The Associated Press. It was not clear Sunday whether that person’s injury was the result of a bullet strike or debris such as concrete or glass from the bullet’s impact, Barnett said.

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