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California man claims he was shot in street by would-be robber

COVINGTON — A man visiting from California had a rude welcome this weekend when he was reportedly shot by a would-be robber.

The 26-year-old victim went to Rockdale Medical Center Saturday night to be treated for a gunshot wound to his right leg. He told Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Romario Johnson that he was walking on Fieldstone Lane in the Trelawney subdivision Saturday evening when he was approached by a black male with dreadlocks wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt. The man allegedly pointed a black handgun with a brown handle and tried to rob the victim.

“The victim said he used both hands to knock the gun in the downward position and then he took off running,” said NCSO Investigator Michael Cunningham. “He said he heard a gunshot and later felt something running down his leg. He stopped to look and noticed it was a gunshot.”

The man, who said he was from California, told authorities he doesn’t know who the perpetrator was and could provide no further description.

In other news, a resident on Bradley Street off Ga. Highway 162 in southern Newton County reported to the Sheriff’s Office that sometime around noon on Dec. 14, he saw a group of young men that he didn’t recognize walking down the street near where he parks his car.

Another neighbor also apparently didn’t feel comfortable with the group of males, so he went outside to confront them, Cunningham said.

“They got into a short argument and then the boys turned back toward their waiting car,” he said.

The complainant then left his residence and went outside to follow the males.

“One of the males turned around and told him, ‘I’m going to come back to your house and shoot up your house when you and your family is asleep,’” Cunningham said.

No arrests had been made as of Monday.