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Shooting on Atlanta Street; injuries not life threatening

Two people were injured about 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day afternoon on Atlanta Street following an altercation and shooting. UPDATE 1: As is usual with such situations, there was chaos at the crime scene. Indications now are that one person was beaten and subsequently shot one person for a total of two victims. We are awaiting clarification from BPD. UPDATE 2: The BPD has issued a cryptic report on the incident identifying those involved. UPDATE 2: The report describes the incident as an aggravated assault with a gun and the complainant as Misty NeSmith of 405 Atlanta Street. The victim is identified as Billy Lee Sykes, 40, of 403 Atlanta Street. The offender is identified as Gary Guglielmo, 21, of a Pine Street address in Zebulon. There is no narrative at present. Earlier coverage: The incident occurred, according to witnesses, after a man confronted two people about cutting through his yard. He was subsequently beaten and then opened fire. Witnesses heard four shots. Unconfirmed reports identified the shooter as Lee Sykes. The investigation centers on two homes located at 403 and 405 Atlanta Street. Barnesville Police Department investigator Al Moltrum said neither the shooter or those shot suffered life-threatening injuries. Neighbors reported constant problems with residents of the crime-ridden housing projects behind the homes there cutting through their yards. One neighbor said Sykes was badly beaten and had his finger nearly bitten off. ”People are crazy,” Moltum said. The property at 403 Atlanta Street is owned by Sara Nell Sykes of 385 Zellner Road in Redbone. The home at 405 Atlanta Street, where at least one of those shot went down, is owned by James Granum of 864 Thomaston Street. The ownership data was acquired at the website of the Lamar County tax assessors.

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