'It could have easily been him:' Weekend violence worries west Macon neighbors
MACON, Ga -- Five separate shootings happened in a 24-hour period in West Macon on Friday through Saturday, leaving three people dead. One neighbor lives in the middle of where three separate shootings happened, and one of the victims was her next-door neighbor.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning shots rang out on Mason Street and Anthony Road in West Macon.
"The first shot woke me up, and it was so loud it was like it was in my living room," said Falesha Brown.
Brown lives on Vining Circle just one street over from Anthony Road.
"And I heard the shots, and I just prayed that nobody was hurt," Brown said.
She woke up the next morning to find out 44-year-old Marlon Williams had been killed in that shooting. Hours after Brown found out Williams died, she found out that her next door neighbor, 75-year-old retired teacher Ann Leonard, died from a gunshot wound as well.
Coroner Ronnie Miley said Leonard was in the kitchen, and that he believes she was hit by a stray bullet from the Mason Street shooting.
"It appears that a stray bullet entered through the back of her house," Miley said.
Brown said it could have been her 10-year-old son.
"The gunshots that I heard and the direction that they came from, my son's bedroom is in that direction, it could have easily been him," Brown said.
She said Leonard was a one-of-a-kind woman.
"And she didn't bother nobody," Brown said. "She was the sweetest, the sweetest person that you could ever meet."
She said Leonard took pride in her yard and was always out working in it. When Leonard saw that the Browns needed a lawn mower, she lent one to them. Brown said that was the kind of person Leonard was.
"I lost my mother in 2015, and she reminded me of my mother the way she treated people," Brown said.
She said Leonard always treated them like family.
Ronnie Miley said it's still the fourth month of the year and Macon-Bibb is already at 12 homicides. If Macon keeps averaging three homicides a month, we will be on track for 36 homicides in 2018.