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2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:10 pm
 
These fans interacted much more peacefully than the ones at a Georgia Applebee's. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It might sound like an Onion headline, but it's very much real: two men were shot at a Duluth, Georgia Applebee's after cheering for the 49ers during Saturday afternoon's victory over New Orleans.

Donald Ray Ayro was arrested Saturday after allegedly firing a gun at Christopher Middleton and Corey Adams in the parking lot of an Applebee's. Ayro allegedly took offense because Middleton and Adams were rooting for the 49ers, bought his meal from the restaurant and left in a hurry, saying he would return.

"The only thing me and my buddy said was, we were excited that the 49ers scored," Adams said per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It was only one touchdown."

Ayro did return and allegedly confronted the two in the parking lot, where he shot Middleton in the abdomen (he was taken to a hospital in critical condition) and grazed Adams with a bullet.

It's a bizarre -- and hopefully not sad-ending -- story, one that is incredibly terrifying for anyone swinging into a southern restaurant off of I-85 to check out a football game. Unless you've already been to an Applebee's in the South. Then it's not quite as surprising.

Via Spencer Hall

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Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:38 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

One of the nicest NFL crowds I've been around was at a Titans-Texans game in October.  Despite the Titans losing 41-7, there were no fights and the fans behaved nicely.  I was in a fight in Chicago where a drunken idiot touched my wife inappropriately.  The worst sports experience I've ever had was going to a Chicago Bears game in Soldier Field and I'm from there.  Philadelphia has a jail in the basement of their stadium for the disorderly conduct cases.  Opposing teams tell their families not to attend Oakland Raiders games.

A shot at the South is WAY out of bounds whether it's aimed at black or white southerners, urban or rural.  If he had a point he lost it with his own biases.  



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:17 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

Looks like southern football fans have graduated from tree killing.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:00 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

*not winning



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:59 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

It is pretty pathetic to shoot somebody over your team not losing. I am a sports fanatic, but it is pathetic how your team not losing ruins your day, week, life, etc.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:48 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

Low class article. Low class move by Ayro.  These incidents happen everywhere. It has nothing to do with race, class, gender, only human reactionary behavior.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:16 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

Great journalism, way to insult the south. If this was a legitimate article if this was a legit source the writer would be fired. Igornance is bliss I guess.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Cheat Shot

Brinson....that's an unfair shot at Applebee's and the South. There are idiots everywhere.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:00 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

 i am nor a big guy, that is why i would not go to a raiders chifs game wearingchiefs ger, and even worse making constant annoying comment to raiders fans. in 70,000 fans it only takes one to shoot you. you wouldthink you could go into a bar cheer for your team.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:49 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

Just because an idiot overreacts over a game doesn't mean everyone in the south is as stupid as him. its dumbass remarks like that that make people like you annoy me. simple-minded childish thinking. grow up youngin.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:32 pm
 

2 shot at GA Applebee's after cheering for 49ers

Again, we're seeing the stupidity and pride of individuals everyday in America.  What started as a cheer for a favorite team ends in potential tragedy.  Pray that Christopher Middleton makes a full recovery.  And as for Donald Ray Ayro, you're a worthless piece of scum.  Hope you get prosecuted to the fullest and receive a long sentence.  


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