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Sunday shooting victim still recovering
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Gainesville resident Cecil Dorsey, 74, remains hospitalized after being shot Sunday during a fight.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1900 block of Garden Drive at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, following a report of shots fired.

According to sheriff’s spokesman Col. Jeff Strickland, 77-year-old Carl Yarbrough, also of Gainesville, fired several shots, but Dorsey was struck only once — near his neck and ear.

Dorsey was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he is being treated for injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening, Strickland said.

Yarbrough, who has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, is being held at Hall County jail without bail.

"It appears that this incident occurred during some type of block party," Strickland said. "It’s still early in the investigation, but it appears that alcohol was involved."

Also Sunday, the sheriff’s department responded to an incident about 6 p.m. in the 4200 block of Whitmire Circle.

Phillippe Jennings, 40, was injured with a knife during a fight with Robin Etris, 54, sheriff’s officials said. Both men are Gainesville residents. Victor Bora, 49, of Gainesville, also was injured after attempting to help Jennings, officials said.

Both victims were treated at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries and later released.

Etris has been charged with aggravated assault and is being held without bond at Hall County jail.

With increased marine, traffic and uniform patrols, the Fourth of July weekend was a relatively quiet one for the department, with the Whitmire Circle and Garden Drive incidents being the only major calls, Strickland said.

According to representatives with the law enforcement division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there were no significant incidents locally over the holiday weekend, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ended at midnight Sunday.

Overall, the Georgia State Patrol responded to 2,548 crashes, which resulted in 699 injuries and 10 deaths.

The state’s holiday crash count is higher than predicted, while injury and death totals were lower. Going into the weekend, the state patrol estimated there would be 2,072 crashes, 999 injuries and 18 deaths.

State patrol officials in Troop B, which encompasses five different posts, including Gainesville, responded to 256 accidents. Those accidents resulted in 89 injuries and one fatality in Blue Ridge.