Carousel Lounge shooting victim dies in surgery

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 1, 2014 

Teressa King said she is still looking for answers after her 21-year-old son was fatally shot twice outside the Carousel Lounge in Columbus Tuesday morning.

“We’re still in disbelief,” King said. “(Marcus King) was always a quiet person. He kept to himself and he never bothered anybody. He never had any enemies.”

Marcus King was in the parking lot of the 3003 Victory Drive nightclub when he was shot around 2:25 a.m., Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. The bullet entered the Smiths Station, Ala., man’s hip area and exited through his right buttock.

Marcus King was rushed to Midtown Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He was pronounced dead around 5:20 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Charles Newton. His body will be transported to Atlanta this morning for an autopsy.

In a report, police said the victim was shot at least twice with one bullet striking the left abdomen and another hitting his right buttock. Officers recovered two shell casings at the scene.

Marcus King was the father of twin 4-year-old boys, his mother said. She said she was unaware that her son was visiting the nightclub Tuesday.

“I was heartbroken when I heard,” Teressa King said. “I was here asleep and my daughter called me and let me know what happened. I don’t know who he was with or what he was doing.”

Police described the suspect as black, 25-28 years old, about 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with slim build and dark complexion. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect may have been riding in a 2010-2013 silver Chevy Impala, four-door sedan, with dark tinted windows and an unknown Georgia tag.

Tuesday's homicide occurred just after the one-year anniversary of 20-year-old Shannon Calvin "Scooter" Fields Jr.'s fatal shooting.

On March 27, Fields was gunned down inside the Foxy Lady, located next to Carousel Lounge. A 25-year-old man was also injured during the shooting.

Fields was acquitted on Dec. 12, 2011 of slaying 30-year-old Army veteran Waylon Glenn James Jr.

King's homicide is Columbus' sixth so far this year, excluding the Columbus State University police fatal shooting Sunday of a suspect on the main campus. Police shootings typically are not included in homicide statistics unless the officers involved are charged.

By this date last year, Columbus had nine homicides, counting the fatal shooting of Maurice Streeter. He was shot at Columbus' Booker T. Washington Apartments on March 24, and died in the hospital April 2. When a victim dies weeks after his wounding, police date the homicide by when he was shot, not when he died.

Staff writer Ben Wright contributed to this report.

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