Commerce, Georgia – In a devastating turn of events, authorities have identified Xavier Clark, a 23-year-old individual, in connection with the tragic shooting that claimed the life of 72-year-old Calvin Varnum. The incident occurred outside a Hardee’s restaurant in Commerce, leaving the tight-knit community shaken and seeking answers.
The shooting took place on Sunday morning at approximately 7:30 a.m., when Calvin Varnum was standing on the sidewalk in front of the Hardee’s located at 44 Homer Rd. Witnesses reported that Clark drove up in a dark blue Dodge Journey and engaged in a conversation with Varnum before opening fire, striking the elderly man multiple times.
Although a Good Samaritan managed to revive Varnum before he was rushed to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by EMS, his injuries proved fatal, and he passed away shortly after arrival. The loss of Varnum, a beloved figure in the community, has left residents grieving and struggling to comprehend the senseless act of violence.
Commerce Police Chief Ken Harmon expressed his deep concern over the incident, stating, “We are committed to bringing justice to the family of Calvin Varnum. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”
Following extensive investigations and analysis of surveillance footage, authorities have officially identified Xavier Clark as a person of interest in the case. While no arrest warrant has been issued as of now, the police are actively seeking Clark for questioning. Law enforcement agencies have urged the public to come forward with any information that may aid in locating and apprehending Clark.
To assist with the investigation, a reward of $12,000 has been offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for Varnum’s death. The community has rallied together, expressing their shock and grief over the loss of such a kind-hearted and beloved member.
As the investigation unfolds, the Commerce Police Department continues to dedicate significant resources to solving the case. Detective Sgt. King, who is leading the investigation, encourages anyone with relevant information to contact the department at 706-335-1847. Additionally, anonymous tips can be submitted to 1-800-597-TIPS(8477) or online through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s website.
The tragedy has highlighted the need for community vigilance and support in preventing such heinous acts. The people of Commerce are determined to stand strong and find justice for Calvin Varnum, whose memory will forever remain in their hearts.