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July Fourth shooting not gang related
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Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators still have no leads in the mysterious shooting that occurred on the Fourth of July.

Ricky Brown, 30, was shot twice last Wednesday in an apparent act of random violence. He reportedly told Deputy Kevin Roper he did not know the man who shot him and the unknown assailant never asked for money. Capt. Doug Kitchens of the Criminal Investigations Division of the NCSO said the shooting did not appear to be gang related.

"To be honest, we don't know much of anything at this time," Kitchens said.

Brown was shot outside the Salem Terrace Apartments were his mother lives. He and his wife were there to pick up their children before going to a fireworks show. As they approached the door, Brown reportedly heard someone yell behind him. He turned to see a black male exit a parked car.

Brown's wife saw the man was armed first and she fled from the scene, said Kitchens. The gunman then shot Brown twice, once in the left side and once in the leg.

Brown was driven by his wife to the Rockdale Medical Center. Deputy Roper made contact with Brown at the medical center before the victim was transported to the Grady Memorial Hospital for his wounds. Brown has since been discharged from Grady Memorial's care.

Kitchens said there were no suspects at this time.

If you have information about, please call the NCSO at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously by calling (678) 625-5007 or visiting