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Bibb deputies investigating east Macon homicide, searching for suspected shooter

Fairview Ave. and Applewood St. scene / Claudia Coco (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting in east Macon.

Lt. Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said two people were shot in front of a residence at 255 Fairview Ave. then ran to 823 Applewood St.

Coroner Leon Jones said Jonathan Risby, 24, was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to Jones.

Jones said Risby would have turned 25 next month.

Gonzalez said 39-year-old Tanvonya Smith was also shot in the foot. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.

The suspected shooter was described as a black male wearing all black, according to Gonzalez.

Sheriff David Davis said investigators have identified a suspect and they hope to have warrants for his arrest soon.

It appears that the shooting stemmed from an altercation and there is a "strong possibility" drugs were involved, according to Davis.

Davis said investigators found marijuana, cocaine, weapons - including an AK-47 - and cash inside the home. He added drug squads had been watching the home prior to the shooting and neighbors reported that people inside the home are known to "engage in some illicit activities."

The man who rents the home was taken in for questioning, according to Gonzalez, but no charges have been filed yet.

"You have this blighted condition, which leads to blighted mindsets, which leads to nefarious and dangerous activities," Davis said.

This is Macon's 27th homicide of the year.

Friday evening, family and friends said on Facebook that they were shocked to find out about Risby's death.

Maelyn Phillips posted on Facebook that, "Somebody killed my cousin God."

La Quinta Denise posted, "Lord have mercy. RIP Jonathan Risby."

Willie Woodford posted a photo of Risby and said, "RIP Jonathan Risby, boy we gonna miss you my little brother from another, fly high."

People commented back on the posts and sent prayers to the family.

Sheriff Davis said that the killings need to stop.

"We are better then this we can do better than this and we have the resources in this community to do better than this," Davis said.


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