John Wes Townley, former NASCAR driver, killed in Georgia shooting

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

John Wes Townley was shot and killed on Saturday night. He was 31.

The Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald was the first to report the news of the shooting. The murder took place in the Athens Five Points area.

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Police believe that Townley was killed in a double shooting. The son of the Zaxby’s co-founder was shot right before 9 pm, Athens-Clarke County Police Department spokesman Lt. Shaun Barrett said.

Townley and a 30-year-old female were shot in the incident. At this time, the authorities will only release that the female had “serious injuries.”

A man, 32, has been named a suspect in the case. However, he has not been charged in the investigation yet.

The police are still investigating the incident. NASCAR mourned Townley’s loss.

Townley — who was born in Watkinsville, Georgia — appeared in 76 NASCAR Xfinity Series races from 2008 through 2016. He also appeared in 110 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the same period.

He had a win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that came six years ago. Townley won the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His father’s brand Zaxby’s was the sponsor when he won in Las Vegas. Tony Townley, his father, was the owner.

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