Chris Wright, Mayor of Dawson, Georgia, is still in the hospital, in critical condition after he was shot during an apparent robbery at his home on Thursday night, according to reports.
Wright, 23, was listed as being in critical condition and a prayer vigil started for him on Saturday evening when friends and family gathered in front of the Terrell County Courthouse, Dawson, Georgia.
Tonya Wright, the mayor’s mother, attended the prayer vigil along with about 100 other concerned people including several elected officials.
According to reports, Wright was shot multiple times while he was outside his home on Thursday evening, during an attempted robbery. Wright was elected Mayor of Dawson in November 2012 at the age of 22. At the time of his election, he was the youngest mayor in Georgia.
A neighbor of Wright’s told reporters that she had been watching television on Thursday evening when she suddenly heard a noise that sounded like loud firecrackers. The loud noise was later confirmed to be gunshots.
Wright’s aunt, Ann Smalls, said that during the attempted robbery, Wright’s mother was tied up and now has several injuries. She added that the family was very upset that people could hurt such an innocent man like Mayor Wright and they hoped that the perpetrators would be brought to justice soon.
Wallace Johnson, Wright’s uncle, said that the city is trying to figure out what happened that night. He added that at times like these, everyone comes together to show their love and support and that is exactly what the city was doing now.
After the shooting, Mayor Wright was taken to a nearby hospital in Albany, Georgia where he is recovering from his ordeal, according to reports. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the case but have yet to name any suspects.
According to the Bureau, Wright was returning to his home on Thursday night when he was shot several times. They added that Wright’s mother had also been tied up in his house during the attack.
However, Commissioner Ernest Johnson reckons that Wright was targeted because there is a lot of work to be done by him in the city.
Johnson went on to say that “We miss him already and we love him. We want him to get better.” He added that “Through God again, we’re going to be able to pull together and make this thing work out. I think the mayor will be much stronger behind this.”