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Deputies secure the scene on Bussey Ave and Gus Street.

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at approximately 2:33 P.M., the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from an individual who advised a male had been shot on Bussey Avenue in Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia.

The male subject was later identified as Victor James Franklin, 24 years old, of Thomson. At approximately 2:50 P.M., the GBI was requested to assist the Thomson Police Department with the investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that Franklin was traveling on Bussey Avenue when the vehicle he was occupying was struck by gunfire. Franklin was treated at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta for his injuries and later released. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Thomson Police Department at 706-595-2166 or GBI Region 7 Office at 706-595-2575. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.