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Man shot, then arrested for animal cruelty
Victim had outstanding warrant for animal cruelty
0314SHOOTING Wayne Adam Shaw
Wayne Adam Shaw

A 22-year-old Gainesville man went from shooting victim to animal cruelty suspect on Tuesday.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting of Wayne Adam Shaw at about 5:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Meadowview Drive off Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Shaw told authorities he was approached by two black men with handguns demanding money and when he turned to run they shot at him, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Shaw was struck in the upper area of his back and taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, authorities discovered the arrest warrant and, after he was treated at the hospital, booked Shaw into the Hall County Jail, Wilbanks said.

Shaw was being held on a $1,000 bond.

Wilbanks didn't have further details about the animal cruelty case, deferring instead to Hall County Animal Control.

"I can confirm that we do have an active warrant for (Shaw), but it is still an open investigation, so I can't release any information at this time," said Mike Ledford, animal control director.

As far as the shooting, police are still piecing together information.

"We don't have identities," Wilbanks said. "The investigators are following up leads trying to establish (them)."

Shaw told authorities he didn't know the two men.

Investigators have interviewed a couple of witnesses, Wilbanks added.

"I don't know what that witness testimony consists of just yet," he said.


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