UPDATE: Debby Street shooting is homicide; woman identified

mrice@ledger-enquirer.com, benw@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 29, 2013 

A 32-year-old woman is a homicide victim after a shooting on Debby Street prompted Kendrick High School and East Columbus Magnet Academy to go on lockdown Friday afternoon.

Lakeisha Shoulders was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 1:36 p.m. at The Medical Center, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said. Her body will be sent to Atlanta Saturday morning for an autopsy, he said.

The deputy coroner said he’s not certain where the woman is from but the shooting occurred on Debby Street, a quiet neighborhood off McCartha Drive. “I don’t know if she lived at that address,” he said.

Shortly after the shooting, police Sgt. Art Sheldon said the suspect’s car may have been seen a few miles away in a neighborhood near the schools, prompting Muscogee County School District officials to go on lockdown.

Wesley Heights Elementary School was under alert as it released students during its regular time of 2:30 p.m., said Valerie Fuller, the district’s director of communications.

Two hours after the shooting, the situation was safe enough for Fuller to announce the lockdown was lifted.

“Police are still in the surrounding area,” Fuller said. “We still have no report of any incident on either campus... Students and staff are safe, and school will be dismissed at the regular time.”

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