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Man shot outside downtown Macon bar

(WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- A man is recovering after being shot at a bar in downtown Macon early Friday morning.

Deputies say the incident started as an altercation just after 2 a.m. outside the Thirsty Turtle bar on Cherry Street.

During the altercation, 24-year-old Arkeem Greene of Macon was hit with a gun by an unknown person multiple times, causing the gun to fire. Deputies say Greene was then shot in the back.

He was taken to the Medical Center at Navicent Health, where he was listed in stable condition.

Investigators don't have a description of a suspect.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Business owners and locals like Danielle Grisamore are now questioning their safety and believe changes need to be made.

“Pretty much everyone in the community is touched by it, " Danielle Grisamore said Friday afternoon. "It terrifies us all. But we just need to stand strong and hold people accountable and make changes.”

The Hummingbird's General Manager Tim Obelgoner, who witnessed the incident, says it doesn't make him fearful.

“ I was standing right here and I am not scared," he said. "It was an altercation between two acquaintances that was probably fueled by substances and or alcohol.”

Grisamore says she believes the incident Thursday night is not a reflection of downtown Macon.




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