Victim In Olive Garden Shooting Had Protective Order Out Against Ex-Husband

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A woman shot Saturday night in the parking lot of an Olive Garden restaurant had a protection order out against the suspected gunman, her ex-husband.

The SBI confirms that 57-year-old Audrey Evans was the victim in the shooting at the parking lot of the Jacksonville restaurant. Olive Garden says the woman worked there.

Police say 60-year-old George Evans shot the woman, and then left the area. He was spotted by troopers in Columbus County on Sunday who chased the man's vehicle.

Evans was shot multiple times after troopers say he got out of his SUV and showed a gun.

The man's condition was upgraded Tuesday to serious at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Onslow County court records indicate the ex-wife took out a domestic violence protection order against Evans, which he is was accused of violating last year after showing up at her home.

Evans was scheduled to appear in court on that charge Monday morning.

The SBI is investigating the shooting of Evans by lawmen. Six Columbus County deputies and three troopers are on administrative leave because of that investigation.

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A man wanted for the shooting of a woman outside of a Jacksonville restaurant is now in critical condition after being shot by the Highway Patrol.

Jacksonville Police confirm 60-year-old George Evans was apprehended in Columbus County.

First Sgt. Jeff Gordon with the Highway Patrol said Evans was shot by troopers and deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff's office, after a car chase that ended near East Columbus High School on Sunday.

The Highway Patrol said Evans was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where hospital officials said the man was still listed in critical condition on Monday morning.

Highway patrol officials said law enforcement tried to stop Evans’ vehicle on US-701 south of Whiteville, but a pursuit started when Evans refused to stop for officers.

The chase reportedly came to an end on US 74/76 around 2:20 p.m. and Evans was shot after troopers say he got out of his vehicle and displayed a weapon.

Evans is wanted by the Jacksonville Police Department for allegedly shooting a former family member outside the Olive Garden at 1415 Western Boulevard just after 11:00 Saturday night.

Police have not yet elaborated on how the suspected gunman and the victim were once related.

The SBI is investigating the officer involved shooting in Columbus County.
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Jacksonville Police are looking for 60-year-old George Evans of Richlands Avenue in Jacksonville for a shooting late Saturday night in the parking lot of the Olive Garden restaurant at 1415 Western Boulevard.

Police say Evans shot and injured a woman and fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Investigators say the woman is a former family member of Evans, but will not say exactly how they were once related. They are not releasing the victim's name. Police say she was transported to a medical facility where she remains in stable condition.

Jacksonville Police say Evans might be driving a blue 2005 Ford Escape, with a temporary license tag and tape over the rear passenger window.

Police provided a photo of Evans who is described as approximately 6 feet tall and 175 lbs.

Evans is considered armed and dangerous. If you have information about the location of the suspect, please contact 911 immediately.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact JPD Detective Mike Groom at 455-4000 or or Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273. Crimestoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information leading to arrest. Callers are not required to reveal their identities.

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Jacksonville Police were searching early Sunday morning for the person responsible for a shooting in the parking lot of the Olive Garden on Western Boulevard late Saturday night that sent one person to the hospital with what police called serious injuries.

Police were called out about 11:20 pm Saturday for the shooting that also damaged a car in the parking lot. The restaurant was closed at the time, but police say a few customers and some employees were still inside. The entire parking lot was cordoned off with crime scene tape for a couple of hours.

Police have not identified the victim or suspect, but say the shooting does not appear to be random.