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Man shot in head during robbery
Police: He took himself to hospital, was treated and released
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A man shot in the head during an armed robbery Wednesday night near Georgia Southern University was released after treatment, police said.

Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said Statesboro police detectives are investigating the incident, which took place around 9 p.m. Wednesday at The Avenue at Southern Apartments on Georgia Avenue.

Police issued a Nixle alert shortly after the incident, asking citizens to be on the lookout for two black men "wearing all black and skull caps," but did not state at the time why they were being sought.

Officers were called to East Georgia Regional Medical Center around 9:05 p.m., where the victim had driven himself for treatment, according to reports.

Georgia Southern University Police assisted Statesboro police in the investigation, and GSU police incident reports state the victim, Alonzo Lovelle Hedgspeth Jr., 20, of Lanier Drive, was "shot in the head."

Statesboro police Maj. Scott Brunson said the victim suffered a bullet graze to the head. GSU police reports stated the injury was "not life-threatening."

Detectives also spoke to a second victim, who was uninjured, Turner said.

Both victims said they were at the apartment when "two unknown black males entered the apartment and demanded money," he said, "Both victims stated the offenders were wearing all black and had their faces covered.

Turner did not disclose what items were taken during the robbery. Brunson confirmed that the victim was shot by one of the unknown males.

"The offenders were last seen fleeing the scene on foot towards the rear of the apartment complex," Turner said.
GSU police reports state that Hedgspeth is currently a student at the university.

The case remains under investigation by Statesboro police Detective Sgt. James Winskey. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact him at (912) 764-9911.

Anonymous tips may be sent to or by a text message starting with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All tips are confidential, Turner said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (92) 489-9414.


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