Shooting sends Griffin man to Atlanta trauma unit by air ambulance


A Griffin man, 22-year-old Leonardo Sanchez, was grievously wounded in a shooting late Wednesday night.

Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 9:22 p.m. to 1220 Lake Ave. in reference to a person shot.

Upon arrival, Officer Scott Sierra, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, located Sanchez, who sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg and possibly pelvis.

“Sanchez advised me that he was unaware of who shot him and that he saw someone in a ski mask in his front yard then heard shots,” Sierra reported.

Alexis Carroll, Sanchez’s girlfriend, reported she was working on their new house when she heard approximately four or five shots fired.

“Carroll advised me after the shots she was yelling to make sure Sanchez was okay and that (sic) when she noticed he was shot,” Sierra said. “Carroll stated she did not see anyone before or after the shots since she was in the back of the house.”

Diego Sanchez, the victim’s brother, said he did not witness the shooting, but said he believes someone came from the wood line and ran back in that direction.
Officials say three men were seen running from the scene after the shooting and investigators are following leads to identify them.

A nearby surveillance camera did not show any activity in the roadway immediately prior to the shooting.

Sanchez was transported by helicopter to the Atlanta Medical Center Trauma Unit. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Anyone with information related to this incident should contact the Griffin Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 770.229.6450.

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