Update: Homicide victim's mother says son never had any enemies

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 20, 2013 

A 34-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Thursday night near the intersection of Seventh Street and Coolidge Avenue, according to a Columbus Police report.

Nina Street resident David Scott, 34, was still alive but wounded when an officer saw him in his white Chevrolet Impala at about 10:40 p.m. An unnamed passenger told police that an unknown number of people in a Ford pickup truck shot at them between 10:30 p.m. and 10:35 p.m.

Scott's mother, Jo Carolyn Dowdell, told the Ledger-Enquirer Friday that Scott and his friend had just left the store to buy a couple of beers and were on their way back to her house, which was just a block away.

"They left the store, stopped at the stop sign and then this truck pulled up in front of them," Dowdell said.

That's when the suspects got out of the truck and told Scott and his friend to get out of the Impala, Dowdell said. "He put the car in reverse and they began shooting," she added. The car belonged to one of Scott's friends, she said.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said Friday morning the bullet entered the car through the front windshield and hit Scott in the forehead.

Scott was rushed to Midtown Medical Center (The Medical Center) for a gunshot wound to the head, but was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. His body was transported to Atlanta for an autopsy, Bryan said.

Coolidge Avenue is just a few blocks from Buena Vista Road, and Seventh Street runs into Lawyers Lane.

Dowdell said Scott was a Jordan High School graduate who didn't have any enemies.

"He didn't have a person who didn't like him," the mother said.

Scott had three boys, ages 12, 14 and 16. When asked if Scott had ever been in any trouble, Dowdell said nothing more than some fights with his girlfriend. She wasn't sure the passenger in the car had ever been in any trouble.

"I don't keep up with his friends much," she said.

His funeral will be held at an unspecified time at Kimbrough Funeral home.

No suspects are named at this time. More details will be added as they are available.

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