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Former NASCAR Driver Killed, Woman Seriously Injured in Mysterious Shooting

A former professional race car driver was killed in a shooting on Saturday night that police say may be related to domestic violence.

As the New York Post and the Athens Banner-Herald report, John Wes Townley, 31, was fatally shot on Saturday night in the Athens Five Points area of Georgia. A 30-year-old woman, who has not yet been identified, was also seriously hurt in the double shooting.

While investigators reportedly said that double shooting was a result of domestic violence, it does not appear to be an attempted murder-suicide, as both Townley and the woman are being treated as victims. Authorities have reportedly been in contact with an unidentified 32-year-old man they are treating as a suspect, but he has not been charged. It is not clear from the reports if that man is in custody.

Police told that Athens Banner-Heralds that Townley knew the suspect.

Townley was a NASCAR driver for nearly a decade, and is the son of Tony Townley, the co-founder of Zaxby’s, a well-known fast casual chicken restaurant chain.

Police reportedly said the investigation is ongoing. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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[Feature image: John Wes Townley; AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File]