ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Previous NASCAR driver John Wes Townley was shot to death around the weekend in the course of a dispute that involved a hatchet following showing up at a home occupied by his estranged wife and a different gentleman, law enforcement said Monday.
The 31-12 months-outdated Townley, who raced eight seasons, had the weapon at some position prior to he was fatally wounded by Zachary Anderson, 32, of Dunwoody, Ga, the Athens-Clarke County Law enforcement Division mentioned in a assertion. Laura Townley, 30, was shot and wounded, it stated.
John Wes Townley died right after staying taken to a healthcare facility. The woman was critically hurt but is envisioned to endure, police reported.
Investigators were being trying to decide no matter whether the Townleys remained married, but they clearly were estranged, reported Lt. Shaun Barnett, a police spokesman. The romantic relationship involving Laura Townley and Anderson also wasn’t obvious.
No fees ended up filed right away in the taking pictures, which occurred Saturday evening, and an investigation ongoing. Police are striving to figure out irrespective of whether Townley showed up at the dwelling with the hatchet or got it there, Barnett claimed.
Townley built 186 begins throughout the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Collection, NASCAR’s decrease two countrywide divisions. His victory in the Truck Sequence at Las Vegas six many years ago Sunday was the only countrywide series get of his job.
Townley drove a car owned by his father Tony Townley, who helped discovered the vehicle’s key sponsor, the Zaxby’s restaurant chain.