The young mayor of Dawson, Ga., was shot several times during an apparent home invasion on Thursday night. He was initially listed in critical condition and a vigil was held for him on Saturday evening.
FOX 31 reports that witnesses said Mayor Christopher Wright was outside of his house when an attempted armed robbery took place. A friend of the mayor said that Wright was shot multiple times in the leg and was in stable condition awaiting surgery.
A neighbor said was watching television when she heard a loud noise down the street, and that it sounded like a firecracker. That noise was later confirmed to be gunshots, according to WALB.
Ann Smalls, Wright's aunt, said that the mayor’s mother was also injured. She said Wright’s mother was tied up during the ordeal.
"We are very upset, we are very hurt that such an innocent person can be done like this,” Smalls said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case and authorities have yet to name any suspects in the case.
More than 100 people gathered in Dawson on Saturday night for a candlelight vigil for the mayor. The vigil was attended by elected officials and Tonya Wright, the mayor’s mother.
Wright was elected as mayor last November when he was just 22 years old. At the time of his election, he was the youngest mayor in Georgia.