The Muscogee County Coroner has released an identity for the 20-year-old man found dead in a Gleason Avenue home today.
Robert Brooks is being transferred to Atlanta for an autopsy. He was pronounced dead shortly after police were notified of the shooting around 5 a.m.
Brooks death marks Columbus' second homicide this week. Investigative Services Maj. Gil Slouchick said the shooting happened when an unknown number of suspects opened fire outside the 2940 Gleason Ave. address sometime before 5 a.m.
"We're in the process of getting the search warrant for the residence," Slouchick said around 7:15 a.m. "It's very early in the investigation process."
Anyone with additional information about the homicide is asked to call investigators at (706) 653-3400.
Investigators are still on scene as of 11:45 a.m. Early Friday morning, detectives on scene placed up to 32 evidence markers possibly indicating bullet casings. The markers spanned the width of the street on the 2900 block. The street was blocked off on both sides of the crime scene. On scene reporters say investigators are gathering material in an evidence bag marked '21'.
There was also a gray four-door sedan that's parked in front of the next-door neighbor's house that police appeared to be investigating. Officials were seen removing the body from the house around 9:10 a.m. The road is still blocked off as the investigation continues.
Police told the Ledger-Enquirer that an initial call to police around 1 a.m. indicated there were shots fired in the area.
Three months ago, Brooks was charged with a series of drug offenses. On May 13, he was charged with one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor obstruction for running from police. When he was taken into custody, police said he had a gram of crack cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana and a stolen .40-caliber pistol valued at $500.
Brooks posted bonds totaling $10,143 on June 19 and was released from the Muscogee County Jail.
The fatal shooting of Brooks wasn't the only assault during the night. A 23-year-old Columbus man was shot in the head late Thursday at Hunter Haven Apartments, 5600 Hunter Road.
Police said the victim was taken to Midtown Medical Center where he was in stable condition after the 10:22 p.m. shooting. He was treated for a gunshot wound to the front of his head on the left side. Both shootings remain under investigation but no connection has been made between the two assaults.
Friday's homicide is the 14th for the city, coming two days after 27-year-old Markeese Hodge was fatally wounded at the Cross Keys Apartment complex. Jerome Chatmon, 23, is accused of shooting Hodge after Hodge and a 31-year-old man refused to be patted down outside a private party at the 3815 Baker Plaza Drive complex.
Four days earlier, 31-year-old John S. Jones died of gunshot wounds received July 31st at the Big Cat gas station. Police testified during a Recorder's Court hearing that 35-year-old Chandler Quentin Saxton shot Jones at point-blank range in front of a gas pump at the 2997 Buena Vista Road gas station around 7:38 p.m.
More information will be added as it becomes available.