Gunshot victim protects shooter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

A Sunday night argument near a Greene County club between two friends led to gunshots and an injury, but no charges from the victim.

Antonio Rice of Boligee called the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and alerted deputies he had been shot outside Archibald’s Club.

Sheriff Johnny Isaac said when they arrived on the scene, Rice provided them with sketchy details on the events leading up to the shooting.

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“He stated that while they were in the club, they got into an argument,” Isaac said. “Then, the suspect shot into his vehicle injuring him in the hand.”

The complaint was filed for shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault, first degree.

There is a suspect, Isaac said, but Rice did not wish to press charges.

For the past two years, Isaac said, Rice and the suspected shooter have had an on and off friendship. Isaac said the pair are friends one day and bitter enemies the next.

For now, Isaac said, the department is conducting their own investigation, which may bring charges.

“We are still looking into it,” Isaac said. “An arrest may come later, but right now, we are still looking into it.”

Rice, Isaac said, never revealed exactly why the shooting took place.