Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley killed in double shooting

Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley killed in double shooting

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Son of Zaxby’s co-founder John Wes Townley was killed Saturday in a double shooting that took place in the Athens Five Points area, Athens-Clarke County coroner Sonny Wilson confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Reports are that Athens-Clarke County police responded to loud explosion (gunshots) in the 200 block of Morton Avenue in the Five Points neighborhood at around 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to Athens-Clarke County Police Department spokesperson Lt. Shaun Barnett.

John Townley, 31, and a 30-y-o woman had been shot multiple times and were both transported to a local hospital. however, unfortunately  Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley died of injuries at the hospital and the woman’s injuries are “serious,” according to the police.

A 32-year-old Dunwoody man is the suspect, he was known to the victim and currently there are no charges laid against him, Barnett said. Police have had contact with the shooter.

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Townley spent almost a decade racing in multiple NASCAR national touring series, most notably winning a Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas back in 2015.

 Investigation are ongoing, and according to preliminary information, appears related to domestic violence, according to ACCPD spokesperson.


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