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2 armed robberies in 2 days at GSU
1 man shot in finger
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A man was shot in the finger Sunday night during an armed robbery near Georgia Southern University’s Paulson Stadium. Less than 24 hours later, a man was robbed at gunpoint on a jogging trail near GSU’s Recreation Activity Center.
    “It has been two years since we had an armed robbery on campus, and here we have two in less than 24 hours,” said GSU Police Chief Mike Russell.
    Sunday night, around 7:30 p.m., two black men wearing dark hoodies approached a man on Malecki Drive near the stadium and demanded money, he said.
    The victim, an Ogeechee Technical College student, fled instead of giving over his valuables, and one of the suspects, who had a handgun, fired a shot, he said.
    The bullet struck the victim in the hand, wounding a finger. He was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for the wound, kept overnight for observation and later released, Russell said.
    Monday, just before 1 p.m., another armed robbery occurred, he said.
    GSU’s Eagle Alert system transmitted the following message to students and faculty at 1:05 p.m.: “An armed robbery has occurred behind the RAC on a walking trail. Two black males wearing ski masks, one with a red shirt and blue jeans and one with a black shirt and blue jeans, were last seen running toward Old Register Road.
    “The suspects are considered dangerous and police are investigating. Please use caution and dial 911 in case of an emergency,” the alert read.
    During Monday’s armed robbery, the suspects took a wallet from the male victim, a Georgia Southern University student, who was not injured, Russell said.
    Investigators do not know whether the robberies are linked, but he did note the fact that the incidents took place within hours on campus.
    Anyone with information about either armed robbery is asked to contact Georgia Southern University Police at (912) 478-5234 or submit online tips at www.georgiasouthern.edu/eagleeyewitness, Russell said.
   
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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