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Dalton PD issues warrants for convicted felon after shooting Friday morning leaves man injured

Updated: Oct 24

Accord to the Dalton PD as of 11:20 PM

Randall Lee Hawkins is in custody.


The Dalton Police Department has warrants for the arrest of 29 year old Randall Lee Hawkins for his role in an early morning shooting that left a Dalton man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his hip. The victim is expected to survive and recover. Hawkins is wanted on warrants for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and police are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact authorities. The shooting happened at 522 Straight Street this morning shortly after 5:00 am. Police were dispatched to a report of a man with a gunshot wound at the residence and responding officers found 63 year old Charles Gray on the porch in front of one of the apartments bleeding from his left hip. Officers provided first aid until EMS responded to take over the victim’s care. Investigators then spoke with multiple witnesses who identified Hawkins as the shooter. Early indications from the investigation are that Gray and Hawkins were in a fight the day before the shooting over drugs and that the fight led to Hawkins returning to the residence this morning and shooting Gray. Hawkins then fled the scene in a black, late model passenger car. Pictures of Hawkins and the vehicle are included with this release. Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Randall Lee Hawkins is asked to please contact Detective Jacob Burger at 706-278-9085, extension 9-325 or call 911.