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A North Augusta Public Safety Officer was injured Thursday an after exchange of gunfire in the middle of Georgia Avenue.

North Augusta Public Safety confirmed a shooting incident around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Georgia Avenue in front of Gary’s Hamburgers.

“A public safety officer was shot during the exchange of gunfire with the suspect. He was quickly transported to a local hospital to receive further medical attention for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg,” according to an official statement.

An eyewitness recorded video

A witness recorded video of a white male getting out of his black Dodge Ram and firing multiple times. The video also shows the suspect surrendering to deputies who took him into custody.

A 1500 Dodge Ram at the scene of a shooting in North Augusta Thursday. Photo by Mike Adams

Mike Adams, a photographer with The Augusta Press, came on the scene around 5:15 p.m. while walking his dog. Georgia Avenue had been blocked off from Buena Vista to Spring Grove. Witnesses told him there was an overturned vehicle at Georgia Avenue and Martintown Road.

A truck sits on its side at Martintown Road at Georgia Avenue. Photo by Mike Adams

People in Gary’s Hamburgers also told him they heard multiple gunshots.

The suspect drove a black Dodge Ram. In the video, smoke appears to be coming out from underneath a crumpled hood.

“NADPS appreciates the never-ending prayers and support we get from the citizens of North Augusta,” the statement said.

North Augusta Public Safety further reported that agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are handling the investigation.

Charmain Z. Brackett is the Features Editor for The Augusta Press. Reach her at [email protected]  Greg Rickabaugh contributed to this report.

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