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Drive-By Shooting Reported on Baxter Street

An Athens-Clarke County police officer heard several gunshots around Baxter Street and Baxter Drive—a block from the ACC Library, Clarke Middle School and Alps Road Elementary School—while on patrol at about 11:20 a.m. on Monday.

The officer saw a vehicle occupied by three men, one of whom was firing a gun out of a back-seat window, according to an ACCPD report. She followed the vehicle while waiting for backup.

The vehicle pulled over on Collins Avenue (by Rocksprings Park), and the rear passenger exited with his hands up. The driver quickly left but was found soon after, and all three men were detained and questioned, police said.

After questioning, two of the men were released, and the third, Jeffrey O’Neal Rice, 19, of Massey Lane, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, discharging a firearm on or near a public street, possession of a weapon during commission of a crime, carrying a concealed weapon and gang offenses.

Police said they don’t know whom Rice was shooting at. No one was hit.