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Restaurant owners shot

A couple who own a local restaurant were assaulted in their home Monday night. The Upson County Sheriff’s Office has finally issued a release on this shooting. UPDATE: The shooter apparently used a small caliber weapon. The Reeves have been released from the hospital. James Ross Reeves and his wife, Linda, who own The Garden Patch in Barnesville, had been shopping at Walmart in Thomaston. They were accosted when they opened their back door and shot. Updated reports Tuesday morning were that Ross Reeves was shot twice in the shoulder and a third bullet grazed his head. Linda Reeves was shot once in the shoulder. Robbery is not thought to be the motive. Investigators report he still had his wallet and nothing was apparently taken from their home. They were shot at their home at 311 Pleasant Grove Rd. in Yatesville. The search was conducted but investigators left the scene about 2 a.m. Tuesday without making an arrest. Ross Reeves was life flighted from his home. The crime scene was processed by the GBI. Both Mr. and Mrs. Reeves are expected to recover from their wounds. They remained at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon as of Tuesday morning. Police K9 units from Lamar County were called in to help with the search for the shooters. Two helicopters were in the area. One was a life flight unit. The other, which was equipped with forward looking infrared radar (FLIR) aided in the hunt for the home invaders. Upson County law enforcement officials reportedly resumed the search at daylight. UPDATE: Here is the sheriff’s office release: On December 16, 2013 at approximately 8:18pm deputies from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 311 Pleasant Grove Road in Yatesville to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located James Ross Reeves, 77, near the rear door of the residence. Ross Reeves had a gunshot wound to the left side of his head and another to his right shoulder/chest area. Deputies located Linda Reeves, 71, on the south side of the residence. Linda Reeves had a gunshot wound to her right shoulder area. Upson Regional EMS and first responders treated the Reeves for their injuries. Both were transported to the Macon Medical Center for treatment. Our investigation revealed that the Reeves arrived at their home and were attacked from behind by a male subject wearing dark colored clothing as they entered the back door to their residence. After shooting the Reeves with a handgun the unidentified male fled the scene on foot. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded and is giving assistance with processing the crime scene. The Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 unit searched the area for the offender using bloodhounds. The Spalding County helicopter unit assisted with an air search of the area. The Georgia State Patrol, Georgia State Probation Department and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Upson County Sheriff’s Investigators at 706-646-7904 or 706-646-7902.

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