Three people were killed in two separate overnight shootings in Columbus, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said.
Luis Moreno, 29, was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m. Monday at the Columbus Midtown Medical Center. He was wounded multiple times in a shooting at 1024 50th St., officials stated.
Datrell Roberson, 23, and Xavier Scott, 28, were wounded in a shooting at 1422 24th St. They were transported to the Columbus Midtown Medical Center, where officials said Scott was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m. and Roberson at 1:01 a.m.
All three bodies will be transported to the Georgia Bureau crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
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Columbus police were called to the 50th Street shooting around 9:55 p.m. Monday and the 24th Street shooting around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. No suspects have been named in either incident, authorities said Tuesday morning.
The coroner’s office marked the overnight deaths as the 30th, 31st and 32nd Columbus homicide of 2017. The killings bring the police department’s total number of confirmed homicides for this year to 26.
Before Monday night, the latest killing deemed unjustifiable by police was the Sept. 4 shooting of 35-year-old Travis Porter at Hannah Heights Apartments on Farr Road. He was key witness in a 2016 murder trial that ended with the acquittal of 26-year-old Reginald Jamal Jackson.
Porter recanted his statement to police in the murder trial and denied that Jackson shot him and killed 23-year-old Dior Cheney in the October 2013 incident. At the time of Porter’s death, he was scheduled to appear in Superior Court to face perjury charges related to that testimony.