Debby Street homicide: Police say boyfriend shot woman on Debby Street, fled

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 29, 2013 

A 32-year-old woman was killed in a shooting on Debby Street that prompted Kendrick High School and East Columbus Magnet Academy to go on lockdown Friday afternoon.

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

Police are searching for Shoulders' boyfriend, Robert Junior Taylor, in connection with the shooting. According to a news release, a disturbance occurred between the two at Shoulders' apartment on Debby Street and Taylor shot Shoulders before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. He took his 9-month-old daughter with him, but later dropped the child off, unharmed, at his parents' house, police said.

Anyone with information on Taylor's whereabouts is asked to contact Columbus police at 706-653-3400.

Debby Street is in a quiet neighborhood off McCartha Drive. Shortly after the shooting, police Sgt. Art Sheldon said the suspect's car may have been seen 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."

-- Staff writer Mark Rice contributed to this report.

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