Chris Wright, the 23-year-old mayor of Dawson, Ga., was shot multiple times late Thursday night in what appears to be a robbery, reports Fox31.com.
Wright was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and his condition is unknown.
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Witnesses say that Wright was outside of his house when an attempted armed robbery took place.
Jessae Goshae, a friend of Wright, tells FOX 31 that Wright was shot multiple times in the leg but is in stable condition and awaiting surgery.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Dawson Police Department are still on scene investigating.
Twitter users, who identified themselves as Wright’s cousins, sent out prayers via Twitter:
At the time of his inauguration, Wright became one of the youngest mayors in the state of Georgia and the youngest mayor in Dawson history. He ousted longstanding Mayor Robert Albritten in the November 2012 election.
In a 2012 interview with the Albany Herald, Wright said that naysayers warned him that going up against an influential incumbent was “political suicide,” but his 6-year-old nephew Christian kept him motivated:
“I wanted Christian to have a positive male role model in his life, someone who got up in the morning, put on a suit and went to work,” Wright said. “That’s the way my family raised me, with manners and morals, and that’s something that drove me.”
“This was so much bigger than me — this was some Dr. King, Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth stuff here,” Wright said. “But I came into this office determined not to let anyone tear this community up. I’ve got to live here; this is my home and always has been.
Dawson has a population of approximately 5,000 people and is located close to the city of Albany.
Listen to Wright speak about his plans for Dawson below: