Attempted murder suspect shot by police

JACKSONVILLE - The man wanted for allegedly shooting a woman at a Jacksonville Olive Garden has been shot by police in Columbus County.

District attorney Jon David says George Reynolds Evans Was shot multiple times by officers after a high-speed chase.

The highway patrol says law enforcement officers tried to stop a driver on US 701 just south of Whiteville just after 2 p.m. They say the suspect refused to stop and troopers chased him onto US 74/76 towards Wilmington before he stopped in the median.

The driver got out of the vehicle and displayed a weapon. Officers fired back and hit him.

Reynolds was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds.


One woman is sent to the hospital after being shot by a former family member at an Olive Garden Restaurant, according to Jacksonville Police.

The shooting happened in restaurant's parking lot at 1415 Western Boulevard at 11:30 Saturday. According to police, that's where George Reynold Evans, 60, shot the woman and fled the scene in the victim's car.

The woman was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. Police describe the woman only as a former family member of Evans.

Police said Evans isĀ  black, about 6 feet tall, and weighs 175 lbs. He may be driving a blue 2005 Ford Escape with temporary tags and tape over the rear passenger window.

Police said Evans is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact Jacksonville Police.

We reached out to Olive Garden's public relations department Sunday. Below is the statement they replied with via email:

"The entire Olive Garden family is shocked and deeply saddened by this situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our team member who was injured and we're extremely grateful that it looks like she is going to be OK. We are fully cooperating with the local authorities in their investigation of this matter and since it is still an ongoing investigation any questions about the case must be referred to them. In the meantime, we are making counseling available to anyone on our team who feels he or she needs it. We are also increasing security at our restaurant until the perpetrator is apprehended by the police."

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