Farr Road gunshot victim is 2014's eighth homicide

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 28, 2014 

Police are looking for two suspects after a 50-year-old Farr Road man shot inside his home April 9 died early Monday morning in Midtown Medical Center's intensive care unit, officials said.

Clifford Kendrick was pronounced dead at 2:32 a.m., Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. His body will be transported to Atlanta for autopsy Wednesday.

Columbus Police Department Lt. Debra Bohannon said in a release that the two suspects entered his 500 block mobile home after he answered a late-night knock at the door. The men produced handguns and shot Kendrick in the left buttock as he ran away, according to the release.

That bullet perforated his intestines, leading Midtown Medical Center workers to attempt emergency surgery, Bryan said.

Kendrick remained in critical condition at Midtown Medical until his passing Monday, according to reports.

Police say two three men were involved in the shooting. They were seen fleeing the scene shortly after Kendrick was shot.

The first suspect was described as 17 to 20-year-old black man with a medium build. The 5-foot-5 suspect was last seen in a brown-hooded shirt with a white handkerchief over his face.

The second suspect was a 17 to 20-year-old black man carrying an unknown handgun.

A sufficient description was not available for the third suspect.

Kendrick's death marks the eighth homicide for 2014, not counting the Columbus State University officer-related fatal shooting of 20-year-old Zikarious Jaquan Flint.

Click here to see a complete list of homicides in Muscogee County in 2014

His death comes less than a week after 29-year-old Cory Owens died in the intensive care unit after he was shot in the head on Adair Avenue Thursday. He was pronounced dead Friday at 12:55 p.m.

When asked whether suspects had shot at Owens days prior to Thursday's shooting, Bohannon said the department "couldn't confirm that outright."

"We've been hearing the same reports," Bohannon said. "But we have no additional details to release at this time."

No suspects have been named or arrested in the two latest cases. Anyone with additional information should contact Investigative Services at (706) 653-3400.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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