Shooting leaves Griffin man in critical condition

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

A Monday night shooting has left a Griffin man in critical condition.

The Griffin Police Department responded to a call of a person shot at 111 Crawford St. at approximately 11:28 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers located 59-year-old James Prather on the front porch. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

According to Lt. Darrell Dix, witnesses and evidence recovered at the scene indicate a confrontation between Prather and the shooter took place inside the residence.

“There were signs of a struggle inside the residence prior to the shooting, but he (Prather) was found on the front porch,” Dix said. “(Witness) accounts say up to nine shots were fired in total, and we know he was shot at least three times.”

Officers recovered at least two firearms at the scene.

Prather was transported by Life Flight to the trauma unit of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he remains in critical condition.

The victim was able to speak prior to being transported.

“He was conscious and was speaking to witnesses and officers when they arrived at the scene,” Dix said. “A suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.”

Sgt. Sommer Bales, of the GPD’s Criminal Investigative Division, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Bales at 770.229.6450 or sbales@cityofgriffin.com.

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