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Gunfire near Dawson-Forsyth line triggers rumors, social media frenzy
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Local law enforcement is investigating reports of gunfire Sunday night in north Forsyth, not far from the Dawson County line.

A man told Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies he had been shot at twice by a stranger on Mount Tabor Road about 9:30 p.m.

The resident had been walking his dog near his truck and had "put up his dog and told his wife that he is going to check out a noise and if she heard shooting, call 911," said Forsyth County Sheriff's Cpl. Robin Regan.

The man reportedly returned fire but did not hit the suspect, who was described only as a white man wearing dark clothing and a bandana over his face, crouched near [the resident's] truck."

"Other than the resident's cartridge casings, no physical evidence was found," Regan said.

Speculation and rumors swirled on social media after the incident and into Monday morning. Regan said they have not been validated.

"The rumor ... turned it into three black males committing an armed robbery," he said. "That did not happen."

However, the incident remains under investigation.

"We are treating it seriously. We did thoroughly search the area," Regan said.

Tracking dogs with the sheriff's office alerted to a trail that did not match the suspect's described direction of travel.

Crime scene technicians also processed the incident location for the investigation.