Recent shootings concern Tindall Heights residents
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A 17-year-old Macon man was shot in the Tindall Heights neighborhood in Macon Sunday night around 11:40.
This is the second shooting in a series of four shootings that the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says are connected.
An arrest warrant is out for 26-year-old Quentin Brown.
He’s wanted for a shooting that injured 17-year-old Tamarcus Williams that happened Saturday around 10 p.m.
17-year-old DeAngelo Moody visited a friend near the 14 building on Plant Street in Macon when a dark colored SUV stopped in the road.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says three men got out and shot at Moody.
He was hit in the chest and left leg.
No one else was injured, and Moody went to Medical Center, Navicent Health.
The suspects wore all black.
Residents in Tindall Heights neighborhood are worried about recent violence.
Neighbor Dorsha Boyd said,
“This is crazy. I’ve never had it happen this close to home–like this is on my door step.”
Another neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous expressed his concern.
“We are worried about this stuff going on in here in our neighborhood,” said the neighbor. “I don’t want my grandchildren to get hurt because they’re innocent bystanders.”
“When she called me last night she kinda drove me into a panic,” said Boyd.
The shooting forced his girlfriend and children onto the ground.
“I was nervous on my way home just hoping my kids were safe because when she called me they were still shooting,” said Boyd. “She was on the floor with my kids. I’m really concerned about their safety.”
He’s concerned because the neighborhood his family lives in–Tindall Heights–was the scene of four different shootings this weekend.
Two people were shot.
“We are worried about this stuff going on in here in our neighborhood,” said a neighbor.
41NBC talked with another neighbor who didn’t want to be on camera.
“I don’t want my grandchildren to get hurt because they’re innocent bystanders,” said the neighbor.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says the shootings are connected, but it’s no surprise to this resident that some of the people involved were young men.
“They need to be in high school,” said the neighbor. “Give them something to do. It’s rough out here. It ain’t gonna get better. It ain’t going to stop here if we don’t do nothing about it. If we don’t put a stop to it now something really bad is going to happen.”
Boyd knew the victim of the shooting at building 14–Deangelo Moody–in passing.
“I actually saw him about 15-20 min before the shooting,” said Boyd. “I see him all the time with his girlfriend. Cool dude. I don’t know him personally though like I said. But cool dude; sit, chill. He’s just with his girl all the time. I don’t know him to be a bad person.”
The violence problem isn’t new to Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke.
“This is something unfortunately we’re used to handling,” said Cooke.
But there is hope–a program called Next Level in Bibb County gives students an opportunity to grow into responsible adults.
“What I think this really shows is the need for more intervention programs like what Next Level does,” said Cooke.
Next Level enrolls nearly 100 kids in their after school program.
They check homework, prepare for tests, have a chance to get an internship or visit colleges.
“I always say nothing stops a bullet like a job, and nothing gets a young person on the path to meaningful employment like early intervention,” said Cooke.
Intervention that could prevent violence in neighborhoods like Tindall Heights.
If you want more information about Next Level in Bibb County, head over to its website.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and if you know anything about what happened, give them a call at 751-7500.
Or, you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.