Convenience store employee shot dead in Oconee County – WGAU

An employee of a Race Trac convenience store on the Macon Highway south of Athens was shot dead early Friday morning, losing his life in what appears to have been an attempted theft. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the victim was Elijah Wood, 23, of Oconee County. Wood was set to celebrate his 24th birthday on March 26. Her family organized a GoFundMe to cover memorial expenses.

From the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office …

On 03/19/2021 at around 1:40 a.m., we responded to a person call at RaceTrac located at 7921 Macon Highway. The call came from a customer who discovered the victim. Members of Parliament arrived at 1:42 a.m. and began administering CPR to the victim, but were unable to resuscitate her. Medical staff arrived shortly after and determined the victim was dead.

The victim is Elijah Wood, 23, of Oconee County. He was employed as a clerk at RaceTrac.

The suspect was dressed in black clothes and armed with a handgun. The suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.

This case is still under investigation. If you have any information, please contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 769-3945.

It’s a tough day for us. We know Elijah and his family well, in a good way. We didn’t have to look for his father’s address because we already knew where he lives. The family have many friends here. We invite anyone with information on this incident to contact us.

A photo of a white man posted earlier on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page is of a potential witness. This person is not a suspect. It is imperative that we speak with this person.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Eaton investigator at [email protected] or 706-769-3945.

From Ese Esan, a spokesperson for GoFundMe …

Elijah James Wood was killed today at RaceTrac in Watkinsville just days before he and his twin sister were 24.

“Elijah was 23 and was set to celebrate his 24th birthday on the 26th of this month,” his brother-in-law James Lemmonds wrote. “He was a great family man and believed in family and always made special efforts to be part of the family. He loved his God and his country and was always ready to help anyone he thought needed it. He would do whatever he could to watch you. He will be truly missed and loved always. This world has lost a treasure. Funds are expected to go to Elijah’s twin sister, Mary Wood, for memorial expenses.

To view the GoFundMe, please visit: https://gf.me/v/c/8px7/22xj9h3m80