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.
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.