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Suspect arrested in Fitzgerald shooting

Capt. Pete Skaggs, Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office Capt. Pete Skaggs, Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office
Krishna Patel was shot three times Krishna Patel was shot three times

The search for a motive continues after a metro Atlanta man faced a judge today accused in the brazen shooting of a 19-year old Fitzgerald store clerk.  

After his release from the hospital, This is the first time 19-year-old Krishna Patel has been back to the place where he nearly lost his life Monday night.  

"It just feels weird because I almost died here, so I just came here to look at everything," said Krishna Patel.    

Thursday morning, the Ben Hill Sheriff's office charged 28-year-old Shawn Pennington with multiple felony charges.  Investigators say that's Pennington in this surveillance video walking into the 107 express and shooting Patel. He was grazed in the back of the head, and suffered gunshot wounds to his right arm and left hand. Patel says he's healing quickly.  

"I'm just grateful, I'm feeling good. The doctors say I'm healing up pretty good," said Patel.  

Sheriff's issued a lookout for the white semi truck the shooter was driving with the words "Western Express" written on the side. Tuesday morning, A Fitzgerald police officer saw the truck in front of a business on Jacksonville Highway.  

"With his professionalism he diligently looked and saw a "Western Express" truck and a black male fitting the description of our BOLO that we had sent out," said Capt. Pete Skaggs.    

Sheriff's investigators took Pennington into custody. They believe Pennington works for Western Express, a trucking company based in Nashville Tennessee. They are still looking into a motive.  

"Right now, we don't have anything. It's still under investigation," said Capt. Skaggs.    

Krishna Patel wants justice.  

"Honestly I don't know if it's been served yet. Hopefully he stays in jail for a while so he can't do this again to anybody else but I'm pretty happy with the outcome so far," said Patel.  

28-year-old Shawn Pennington is behind bars, charged with multiple felonies:

1 Count: Aggravated Assault with a firearm with intent to  murder a victim

1 count: Burglary Second Degree with intent to commit a felony

1 Count: Firearm possession during a crime (semi automatic handgun)  

Investigator Pete Skaggs with the Ben Hill Sheriff's Office wants to thank Detective Chad Bishop,  Patrolman B. J. Rogers, and Chief Smallwood with the Fitzgerald Police Department for their assistance on the case.

We contacted "Western Express" for a comment and left a voicemail for them. They have not returned our phone call.

Pennington made his first appearance before a judge Thursday where he heard the charges against him and was denied bond. He remains in the Ben Hill County Jail.

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