Pastor recounts Armour Rd. shooting that injured autistic church member

Pastor recounts Armour Rd. shooting that injured church member

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Police responded to the call of a shooting on Amour Road on Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, News Leader 9 spoke with Chase Welch, the pastor of the victim.

According to Welch, 30-year-old Deonn Carter was outside of his house picking up his mail.  Welch says that the suspects hit him, threw him on the ground and then began to run away when he was shot.

"He was shot in the leg and lost a lot of blood," Welch said. "Had he not gotten here in the time that he did, he would have died because he lost so much blood."

Welch also told us that Carter has autism, making this incident even more upsetting.  

Welch said he is distraught that something like this could happen to someone so good.

"We call him the 'deacon of joy' at our church just because he brings a light to everyone that he comes in contact with," said Welch when asked to describe Carter. "He is just really a person of joy and he doesn't meet a stranger. The cool part about Deonn is he remembers everyone's name the first time he meets you."

Welch said that police may be investigating this assault as a hate crime.

No suspects have been named at this time.

Friends have also set up a GoFundMe account for Deonn. If you'd like to contribute, click here.

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