Gwinnett has an unlawful gun ban in place in its parks, and Gwinnett’s Yellow River Park has signs posted warning people of the criminal consequences under the county ordinance should one choose to carry a concealed firearm for his or her safety. GCO is currently working to have these signs removed and the ordinance repealed.
Yesterday, a man walking his dog was stabbed in the park.
Dogwalker stabbed in Gwinnett park
By GEORGE CHIDI , SUSAN GAST
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/03/07
An argument between two men walking dogs in a Gwinnett park apparently escalated into a stabbing Wednesday.
The fight left one man fighting for his life at Emory East Side Hospital and the other man in handcuffs. Police have not identified the stabbing victim, nor the suspect in custody.
Police said the victim was not breathing when he arrived at the hospital. The man was taken into surgery in serious condition, said Sheila Adcock, a hospital spokeswoman.
Police believe that the two men had been walking dogs at Yellow River Regional Park at about 4 p.m., said Sgt. Eric Edkin, a Gwinnett County police officer with the county’s homicide unit at the scene.
He said he didn’t think the two knew each other. The victim had been with an unidentified third person during the fight, Edkin said. Police did not say what the argument was about.
Police said the stabbing occurred near the southernmost entrance of the park, which leads to Juhan Road.
The man suspected of the stabbing left the scene, and police arrested him at his home, police said.
GCO needs your help. It is time for Gwinnett County residents to contact their county commissioners and demand that they repeal their preempted ordinance and remove the signs. GCO has confirmed that the local solicitor’s office will prosecute people caught carrying firearms in the park, in spite of the state law preempting this ordinance.
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UPDATE: Here is Fox5 Atlanta’s television news spot on the stabbing.