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Police seek suspects in shooting

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are asking for the public's help in locating four men who they believe may have been involved in a drive-by shooting last week.

Two teens told police they rode their bicycles to a gas station near the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and Ga. Highway 11 shortly before 8 p.m. Nov. 2, where they noticed four black men in a newer model Jeep Cherokee, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Investigator James Fountain.

As they were on their way home on Ga. 142, the teens said the vehicle pulled alongside them and a suspect riding in the rear passenger's side seat pulled out a silver or stainless steel pistol and fired four shots at them.

The teens were unharmed, however, and rode to a home on Russell Drive where they notified authorities.

Fountain said the teens have given conflicting stories about the incident and claim they don't know the men who reportedly shot at them.

"At this point, I'm at a dead end unless I get further information," the investigator said.

Fountain said he has looked at the surveillance camera footage from the gas station where the teens claimed they traveled, but he indicated it did not yield any more clues.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about this case or who knows the whereabouts of the suspects to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

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