MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia College student athlete is recovering in the hospital after being shot while driving his car.

According to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brad King, it happened Tuesday night just after 7:30 p.m.

He says 19-year-old Lance Underwood was driving on Vinson Highway towards downtown Milledgeville after running with a friend.

"He heard a loud bang which he believed was the actual gunshot. It went in the driver's door, entered the passenger compartment, and struck him in the leg," says King.

King says Underwood’s car was hit once on the driver’s side door and that bullet hit him in the leg.

"He stopped at the closest convenience store that he came to, and was on the phone with a friend of his that happened to be traveling behind him," says King.

King identified the store as an Exxon gas station, where Underwood called his friend to drive him to the emergency room in Milledgeville.

Underwood was later taken to the Medical Center in Macon.

King says it doesn’t appear that Underwood was involved in any activity that would’ve led up to a shooting, and that it appears completely random.

"At this time, it appears that this was just a random gunshot fired for an unknown reason, and just happened to strike his car,"  said King.

King says it's not surprising to hear reports of gunfire in this part of town. 

"That particular neighborhood we have had more than our share of gun violence over the years, in and around, very close to the location, that he said that this took place at."

The sheriff's office is still searching for a potential suspect. They are in the process of pulling security camera footage from nearby convenience stores.

Georgia College’s website confirms Underwood is a cross country runner for the college.

The school sent 13WMAZ a statement that says: Unfortunately, a Georgia College student was admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries sustained Tuesday evening from a gunshot wound. The incident happened off campus, and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.”

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