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Authorities: Gainesville shooting suspect captured after chase through woods
Numerous weapons found, according to Rabun County Sheriffs Office report
Danny Ray Clore

A Gainesville man wanted in Hall County in connection with a shooting was arrested Saturday after dogs and deputies tracked him through the woods of Rabun County.

“We continued tracking (Danny Ray Clore) and later located a camo (waterproof) box that contained drugs and other .380 magazines,” according to the report. “Minutes later (Clore) was located hiding behind a large log on the ground.”

Clore, 27, was wanted for questioning in Hall County after a Nov. 16 shooting in North Hall County off Cleveland Highway

Deputies responded to that incident around 1:30 p.m. to reports of someone “firing rounds from an automatic weapon,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said.

“Clore shot at two vehicles that each had two occupants inside the vehicles at the time of the incident,” Bailes wrote in an email.

No one was injured, though investigators processed a car struck by gunfire, Bailes said. Bailes said Clore was familiar with the victims.

Rabun County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted Clore in a Nissan Versa around 2 p.m. Saturday at a fast food restaurant, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. Officers chased Clore, who reportedly was “weaving in and out and traveling at a high rate of speed.”

Clore then made a turn off of an embankment on Stekoa Falls Road in Clayton “thick with briars and brush.”

The officers found a small dog, possibly a bulldog, near the car that belonged to Clore, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jack Tanksley said.

After determining that no one was in the Nissan Versa, officers located a 9 mm handgun and a black rifle case containing an AR-15 rifle, according to the report. Deputies also reportedly found .380 magazines but could not find the pistol. According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Clore is a convicted felon and therefore not allowed to own any guns.

The officers and K-9 units from Lee Arrendale State Prison tracked Clore, initially finding just a white ball cap and shoes in the mud.

When found, Clore reportedly told deputies he did not have the .380 pistol on him.

“(The officer) then searched in the leaves where (Clore) was laying and located a Ruger .380 pistol and a Ziploc bag containing what appeared to (be) methamphetamine,” according to the report.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, fleeing and eluding by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office.

Clore was still incarcerated in the Rabun County Jail Monday evening.

“Once his bond is made, Clore will be brought to our jail, where he faces (four) counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of (a) gun by (a) convicted felon,” Bailes wrote in an email.

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