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Police investigate shooting in Gainesville shopping plaza; 2 critically hurt

Detectives believe the men were targeted, but police don’t know why yet.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Two adults were shot and critically wounded Monday evening in a Gainesville shopping plaza, police said.

Gainesville Police set up crime scene tape during their investigation at 879 Dawsonville Highway. At least five patrol vehicles were shown to be at the Village Shoppes of Gainesville, in front of the Old Navy and Ross Dress for Less stores.

Investigators also roped off the area by the Party City store and blocked entry to a portion of the plaza.

According to Lt. Kevin Holbrook of Gainesville Police, the men were shot outside of the Ross store just before 7 p.m. Detectives believe the men were targeted, but police don’t know why yet. At last check late Monday night, one victim was recovering after surgery; the other was still in surgery.

Several witnesses gave statements about the shooting. Officers are also checking security cameras in the area.

Holbrook said the shopping area was crowded with customers at the time of the shooting and any one of them could also been struck by the gunfire. 

Officers have not released a description of the shooter or shooters, or of any getaway care. This is still under investigation.  

Detectives are asking anyone with any information to call Gainesville Police, 352-955-1818.

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