Arrest made in shooting of UGA lacrosse player from metro Atlanta

An arrest has been made in the shooting and tried theft of a University of Georgia lacrosse player and the armed theft of one different pupil, Athens-Clarke County police talked about.

Zarren Garner, 20, of Grayson, was arrested in Gwinnett County early Tuesday morning, authorities talked about all through a press conference. Athens-Clarke County police Chief Cleveland Spruill talked about they’ve been in a place to find out Garner by means of an amount of citizen ideas and since of the individual’s prior “low-level criminal background.”

The violent incidents Monday morning at an off-campus bus stop on South Milledge Avenue set off a “massive manhunt” involving a quantity of native, state and federal companies, Spruill talked about.

“Few incidents are more concerning than a young man standing at the bus stop, waiting to go to college, that is accosted by an armed assailant, robbed and shot,” he talked about.

The wounded pupil, acknowledged as Tate Prezzano, 22, was taken to a hospital with extreme accidents after he was shot a quantity of situations in the upper half of his physique. Prezzano, who moreover carried out lacrosse and soccer at Cambridge High School in Milton, is a junior communications essential at UGA.

His father spoke by means of the press conference, telling reporters his son is safe and getting the remaining he needs. While he has been unable to speak collectively along with his family, Dobbin Prezzano talked about his son is acutely aware of his atmosphere and has given a thumbs up.

“It was a pretty tough day yesterday,” he talked about. “He did get some good rest. We look forward to him taking some small steps to recovery later today.”

The second pupil was moreover robbed at gunpoint near the bus stop, which is solely south of the University of Georgia campus and the Athens Perimeter. That pupil was not harm in the incident, which occurred moments sooner than Prezzano was shot. He was in a place to present police a top level view of the robber used to create a sketch of the suspect.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Mike Ayers talked about ideas started pouring in from group members as quickly because the sketch was launched Monday afternoon.

“They contacted us, they put us in the right direction, and they gave us the push forward to be able to develop a suspect and to be able to make an arrest in this case,” he talked about. “It is a prime example of what happens when people work collectively as a team. And that’s what we’ve had great success with in this investigation.”

Ayers talked about larger than 50 officers with the Athens-Clarke police, the GBI, UGA police and totally different companies labored on the case by means of the evening time.

Dobbin Prezzano thanked the bigger Athens and University of Georgia communities for his or her assist of his family. Gov. Brian Kemp even made a phone title, Prezzano talked about.

Doctors will begin testing on his son Tuesday to search out out the extent of the harm.

“Based on what Tate went through, gunshots in and around his head and neck area, we are blessed and thankful for the conversation that we’re having today,” he talked about. “It could have been a lot different.”

Garner is being held with out bond in the county jail on two counts each of aggravated assault and armed theft.

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