LeGrand Williams was watching a football game on television Sunday night when he heard a “pop, pop, pop.” He thought it was someone shooting off fireworks. When he went outside to check on his dog, he found out the sound he heard had been a shooting.
Williams lives on Corbin Drive where Columbus police canvassed the neighborhood Monday for clues to the Halloween night shooting death of 19-year-old DaQuaun Cortez Character.
Police responded to a call at 9:51 p.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found a male victim lying on the ground and unresponsive. The victim had gunshot wounds to his upper body and was transported to The Medical Center by Columbus EMS. He was pronounced dead there at 10:31 p.m.
“He was leaving a friend’s house, and he was walking home,” said Lt. Lynn Joiner. “He was within two or three blocks from his house.”
Joiner said Character likely intended to cut through some nearby woods on his way home. However, gunshots struck him before he could make it to the woodline.
“It looks like he was shot here,” Joiner said at the scene as he pointed to blood in the center of the street. “He then fell into this yard.”
Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said investigators had to identify Character by fingerprints as he had no identification on him. Character’s body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Debris from where EMS personnel worked on Character remained in the yard at 235 Corbin Drive. The woman who lives there did not wish to give her name. She said she was asleep at the time. “I heard some banging at my door and thought someone was breaking in,” she said. “ I called police.”
Williams, who lives several houses down from the crime scene, didn’t know it was a shooting until he saw the blue lights flashing. “We’ve have some break-ins lately but nothing like this. This is the worst I’ve seen.”
There have been no arrests made. Police ask anyone who has information to call 706-653-3400.