Man shot at Canton car dealership, shooter identified

Canton police are investigating after a man was shot outside of a Canton car dealership.

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The shooting happened Wednesday at the Shottenkirk Hyundai dealership on Liberty Boulevard just after 1 p.m.

Officers responded to a call about a person shot in a car.


Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen was at the scene, where he saw crime scene tape strung up outside the dealership’s showroom. Police also swarmed a spot in the middle of Liberty Boulevard about a quarter mile down the road where they said the driver drove to and stopped.

That’s where they said they found a man who had a gunshot wound to the leg and a woman who was unharmed. Police identified the victim as 24-year-old Uriah Tyrek James.

Officers performed life-saving techniques on James, applying a tourniquet to his leg before he was taken to the hospital. His current condition has not been released.

The shooter, identified as Kevon Phillip Duffas, 30, from Covington, was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Police said that neither James or Duffas was a customer or employee at the car dealership. It’s unclear if there was any prior relationship between the three people involved.

Officials say there is no active threat to the public.

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The investigation is ongoing.