Three men have been shot in the area of Whitehall Road and Ga. Highway 365.
Two patients, a 72-year-old man shot in the hip and a 54-year-old man shot in the leg, have been transported to the hospital by Hall County Fire Services and Habersham County EMS.
“We transported one patient and Habersham EMS transported the second due to being closer on the scene,” said Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett in an announcement. “A third patient, the suspected perpetrator, is being evaluated for a gunshot wound to the head.”
Traffic has been diverted around the area. Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene in addition to medical services.
Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Interstate 985 northbound at exit 24 is closed. Motorists heading that direction should exit there and use an alternate route, such as Old Cornelia Highway or Jesse Jewell Parkway.
“Someone flagged me down and told me not to go that way. They’ve got the highway shut down because it’s a shooter, but I live close to (Ga.) 365 so I just came home. There were helicopters and sirens that I heard,” Shelly Echols said.
Her husband, Drew Echols of Jaemor Farms, said the highway was closed down from south of Jaemor to the Habersham County line.
A Shell gas station on Mud Creek Road had been cordoned off by law enforcement. North of the gas station on Cornelia Highway, Chris Aymes was sitting in his truck near the Waffle House at 4395 Cornelia Highway when he saw law enforcement lay spike strips on the highway near the intersection with Lula Road.
A brown car hit the strips and was brought to a stop, according to Aymes, who didn’t mention any sounds of gunfire. It’s not yet clear how the suspected perpetrator was shot.
Aymes said he and other motorists were stopped on the road for about an hour before they were diverted.
Reporters Joshua Silavent, Nick Bowman and Nick Watson contributed to this story.