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2 women injured in shooting ID'd
Victims recovering at home
Children walk along the roads at Atlanta Street Apartments Monday afternoon.

The two women shot near the Atlanta Street Apartments on Friday are out of the hospital and recuperating, one of them said Monday.

The women were identified in a police incident report as Angelene Hall, 25, and Sheena Mattox, 28. Hall said she and Mattox are at home recovering.

They were shot outside the apartment complex near the First Congregational Holiness Church in Gainesville.

Gainesville police charged Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, of Gainesville with two counts of aggravated assault. He was arrested Friday.

Mattox was believed to be in critical condition after being shot in the upper torso, with Hall being discharged the same day as the shooting, according to Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials.

Hall stood amid clotheslines in the apartment complex Monday, not wanting to discuss any of what happened Friday. She did, however, say that Mattox was back home from the hospital.

“I’m just glad everybody’s OK,” Hall said.

According to multiple neighborhood residents, Hall and Earls were in a relationship.

Gainesville police responded to the scene shortly before 3 p.m. Friday. Earls is the lone gunman, according to a Gainesville police news release, and the victims were targeted by the shooter.

A large crowd gathered around the two injured women when police arrived. After hearing six shots, neighborhood resident Irene Lipscomb rushed outside.

“By the time we ran out, we could see them on the ground,” she said.

For members of the community, Friday’s shooting demonstrates the area’s decay.

Neighborhood resident Mary Brown said she is looking for an exit going anywhere but Atlanta Street.

“I’ve been scared ever since I moved here, and that was October of last year,” she said.

With her three teenage children living in public housing, Brown often sits on her porch chair to watch them play basketball in case anything happens. She knows that any violent activity in the area could cost her dearly.

“Bullets don’t have names on them,” Brown said.

Shielded by his screen door, Mcarthur Glover peers out from his apartment’s front steps, a place that he said has never known any sense of security.

“As long as these projects are up, crime is going to be here,” he said.

His wife, Cassandra, said she doesn’t want their two children outside much because of the violence.

“We mostly just keep them in the house, because it’s not safe out here,” she said.

After the departure of the Gainesville police precinct, several neighborhood residents noted an increase in violent activity in the neighborhood. A few blocks away is Peppers Market, a flashpoint for many after the slaying of Adrian Thompson.

“The rent office doesn’t want to be out here,” Mcarthur Glover said. “We’re fending for ourselves out here.”

Gainesville police spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said Earls was arrested May 6 for simple battery and criminal trespass.

When fleeing the scene Friday, Earls is believed to have run through the back lot of the First Congregational Holiness Church. Blood and shattered glass were found at the back window of the church that may have been broken in his attempt to escape.

“I don’t know how in the world he got all that out as well as he did. He busted that glass all to pieces,” First Congregational Holiness Church maintenance man Bill Oliver said Saturday.

Blood smears on the glass were seen Saturday when Oliver opened the church.

Earls was seen shirtless with a noticeable cut on his right forearm Friday after his arrest around 3:30 p.m.

“They said he was really bleeding bad, cut nearly to the bone,” Oliver said.

Inside the church, only tiny blood droplets can be seen on the carpet from the front door to the back window.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials said Earls was discharged Friday after being treated.