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Athens man charged in shooting that injured motorcyclist

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Willie Bernard Johnson

Willie Bernard Johnson

An Athens man has been charged with assault and illegally possessing a firearm after he allegedly shot a man riding his motorcycle Saturday afternoon. 

Athens Police said 42-year-old Willie Bernard Johnson was arrested Wednesday just before noon. The handgun used in the attack was also recovered Wednesday morning. 

The shooting happened about 4 p.m. Saturday in the area of Plainview Circle and Pruitt Street. The motorcyclist reported being shot in the side and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, police said.

Johnson is charged with first-degree assault and possession of a pistol by a violent felon. A bond amount was not immediately available.

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