UPDATE: 16-year-old shoots father during altercation; charged with murder, assault

It happened just after 6:30 in the 200 block of Virginia Drive.
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UPDATE: More details about the shooting on Virginia Drive have been released by the Warner Robins Police Department.

WRPD says the preliminary investigation revealed a domestic violence incident began with a physical altercation between an 18-year-old female and 35-year-old (to be deceased) man. During the altercation, the 16-year-old son of the 35-year-old used a handgun that was in his possession and fired several times at his father. The father was taken to Houston Healthcare by ambulance where he died from his injuries.

The son also struck the female with gunfire, but she has since been treated at Atrium Health Navicent in Macon and released.

The victim’s mother and suspects grandmother, Milagros Purnell, witnessed the shooting.

“They start fighting, they’re just like a dog and a cat. My other grandson came trying to stop them, they didn’t want to be stopped,” she said. “And my grandson he’s reaching for a gun, he’s reaching in his pocket. My son said ‘oh you’re trying to shoot me? you’re trying to shoot your own father?’ Next thing I know, I move a little bit… and he shot my son.”

The 16-year-old son is being charged with Felony Murder and 2 counts of Aggravated Assault. He was released to the Houston County Juvenile Division to be taken to the Regional Youth Detention Facility.

Anyone with more information concerning this incident is urged to call Det. Tyler DelGiorno at (478) 302-5380 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.


WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting Tuesday night.

It happened just after 6:30 in the 200 block of Virginia Drive, according to a Warner Robins Police Department news release.

“Preliminary investigation shows a domestic violence incident began with a physical altercation and escalated into gunfire,” the release said.

When officers arrived, they found a male who had been struck by gunfire. He was taken to Houston Healthcare by ambulance and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say a female was struck by bullet fragments and was taken to Atrium Health Navicent in Macon for treatment.

Investigators are interviewing a male and will release more information when it’s available.

Call Det. Tyler DelGiorno at (478) 302-5380 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME if you have additional information.

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