OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. – A 23-year-old convenience store clerk died after investigators said he was shot early Friday morning.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Friday afternoon, announcing the death of Elijah Wood at the hands of an unknown killer.
Deputies responded to a report of a person being shot at around 1.40am and soon arriving at the RaceTrac gas station at 7921 Macon Highway. The sheriff’s office said it was a convenience store customer who found Wood and called 911.
Deputies attempted to resuscitate the victim but were unable to do so and he was pronounced dead by medical staff shortly afterwards.
“This is a tough day for us. We know Elijah and his family well, in a good way,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement online. “We didn’t have to look up his father’s address because we already knew where he lives.”
The sheriff’s office later posted the link to a page organized to help cover Wood’s funeral expenses.
As such, the Sheriff’s Office is now urging anyone with information about the killer to come forward. They posted photos in the hope that someone will recognize the suspect. however, the person’s face is heavily obscured by a dark mask and drawn hoodie.
And while the sheriff asks for help from the community, he also warns that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about the incident or suspect is asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 706-769-3945.