A Gainesville man who just three months ago told officials he had been targeted was shot to death early Friday morning at his home off Browns Bridge Road, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Wayne Adam Shaw, 22, was pronounced dead inside his home just after midnight Friday.
Authorities have ruled his death a homicide.
Investigators say they are still interviewing neighbors, seeking witnesses and checking surveillance videos from nearby businesses for clues.
They say that Shaw’s mother called for help shortly after she heard gunshots and found her son in the house on Meadowview Drive. Deputies said she did not witness the event.
It does not appear Shaw’s killer forced his way into the home, according to Sgt. Kiley Sargent.
“It’s very likely that he actually let the person in, because there was no indication of any kind of forced entry,” Sargent said.
Shaw, a Gainesville native, had been released from the Hall County Jail on May 11. He was arrested nearly two months before on charges of animal cruelty.
The sheriff’s office made the arrest after Shaw reported he had been shot at by two black men who had approached him at his home and demanded money.
Sargent said Friday that the case was never solved, saying Shaw’s story couldn’t be verified.
“It had a lot of holes that needed to be filled,” Sargent said of the March report.
As sheriff’s deputies investigated the March shooting, they learned Shaw was wanted for animal cruelty and arrested him.
Hall County Animal Control officials did not divulge details on the case at the time, saying they don’t comment on pending cases.
Shaw’s death remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Hall County Sheriff’s Office at 770-531-6879 or the Hall County 911 Center at 770-536-8812.