Columbia County authorities arrested on Thursday one of two men they believe are connected to the Monday shooting of an Evans man.
Robert Donnell Hobbs, 19, of Old Evans Road in Martinez, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and aggravated assault for the shooting of Julian Derrick Bell outside his home on Evans to Locks Road, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Still at large for the same incident is Joquel Tre’Shon Downs, 17, of Vandivere Road in Augusta, Morris added.
Bell told authorities he was playing basketball Monday evening at Wedgewood Park Apartments in Evans when he got into an argument with two men. Bell said he went home about 10:45 p.m., before the argument escalated, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Once Bell parked at his house, he said two men believed to be Hobbs and Downs approached him and fired a handgun into his car, according to the report.
Bell was shot twice in the left thigh and once in the abdomen. He was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he underwent surgery Tuesday morning and is recovering, Morris said.
Downs is considered armed and dangerous. He is black, 5-foot-8 and weighs 130 pounds.
Anyone with information about Downs’ whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.