In Georgia, a recently retired NASCAR racer was murdered during a ‘domestic violence’ double shootout, which reportedly severely injured a lady.
John Wes Townley, 31, was shot before 9 p.m. on Saturday inside the 200 block of Morton Avenue at Athens’ Five Points vicinity.
Townley as well as a 30-year-old lady who had also been shot were taken to a nearby hospital.
However, John, who was also the wealthy co-founder of the fried chicken company Zaxby’s, succumbed to his wounds.
As per authorities, the unnamed woman is still in a ‘serious’ state.
The accused, a 32-year-old Dunwoody male, was allegedly acquainted with the victim, however, no charges have been filed over him as of yet. He has been questioned by the police.
Lt. Shaun Barnett of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department stated the inquiry was still underway, however initial signs indicated that this was a ‘family dispute.’
Townley was the child of Tony Townley, the co-founder of the fast-food company Zaxby’s, and was raised in Athens.
During his Racing career, Townley competed in the NASCAR Xfinity as well as Truck Series, NASCAR’s bottom 2 nationwide championships, for 8 campaigns including 186 starts.
In 2018, Townley married nurse Laura Townley, someone he found on the dating website ‘Match.’ The pair does not appear to share any kids together, as it is unclear whether they are currently wedded.