Deputies: Man shot in the face after picking up a stranger

Deputies: Man shot in the face after picking up a stranger

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - An early morning ride turned into a near-death experience for one man. Deputies said a man was shot in the face multiple times after he picked up a stranger.

"It's crazy and I'm scared for the kids," a neighbor told WFXG.

This woman wanted to remain anonymous, but she has four small children and lives across the street from a church parking lot where 39-year-old David Towns was shot in the face three times Tuesday night. She said these types of incidents don't usually happen in her neighborhood.

"It's usually quiet, this area is really quite," the woman said.

According to an incident report, Towns and his friend picked up a stranger at a gas station downtown. The stranger told them his name was TJ and he'd take them to see some girls.

The witness told deputies when they got to the Good Hope Baptist Church, TJ asked them if they had weapons. When they told him no, and he pulled out a handgun and shot Towns in the face then ran away.

The neighbor says she didn't hear anything, and she's glad Towns survived the shooting, but she's afraid because there's a gunman on the loose.

"That's strange and its crazy," she said. "I can't believe it, and especially in a church parking lot because its quiet."

Towns is recovering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds at GRU. If you have any information about this case, you can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office a call at 706-821-1080.

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