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NCSO investigating two alleged assaults

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating two alleged assaults that occurred within hours of each other Friday evening.

The first incident occurred at a residence on Club Forrest Drive shortly before 5:30 p.m., in which a man claimed he was punched and then shot at.

According to an incident report, the victim said he and his son stopped at a friend's home to talk with her about her new job. For reasons unknown, the suspect, a 22-year-old black man, allegedly became upset, walked over to the victim and struck him on the left side of his face.

The victim then said he retrieved a hammer from the bed of his pickup to defend himself, at which point the suspect reportedly pulled out a handgun, firing once above the truck and then at the victim himself, according to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the NCSO.

Hours later, authorities responded to Rocky Point Road after a woman called 911 and reported she had been struck by a car.

The victim told deputies she was walking down Rocky Point Road with a friend about 10 p.m., when she was reportedly hit by an unidentified vehicle that subsequently fled the scene, according to an incident report.

"She had a cut on her left eye, a busted lip, a scrape on her leg and a swollen ankle," Watterson said.

The victim said a passerby later stopped and asked if she was all right and if she needed help. She told authorities she believed that was the person who hit her.

Despite her injuries, the victim declined medical treatment.

Authorities do anticipate that charges will be brought in each of these incidents, according to the NCSO spokesman.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.