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19-year-old shot in drive-by shooting

COVINGTON - A 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder following a suspected drive-by shooting Tuesday night.

The victim told authorities that he was walking near Plum Orchard Drive shortly after 5 p.m., when he heard a car go by at a high rate of speed, according to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

He said he then heard a loud pop, at which point he was struck in the shoulder by a bullet.

The victim later flagged down a passing motorist who drove him to the hospital.

The case is still under investigation and authorities ask that anyone with information call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or online at Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line."

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