Two Columbus men are dead from gunshots wounds in separate shootings on Independence Day, authorities said today.
The first victim was identified as 35-year-old Zachery Lenard Clark, who was pronounced dead of multiple gunshots at 2:39 a.m. at Midtown Medical Center, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
About two hours later, a 24-year-old man was taken to Midtown Medical Center where he died of a gunshot wound shortly after arrival, said Police Lt. John McMichael. Blake Bernard Berry was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound during surgery at 6:24 a.m., Deputy Muscogee County Coroner Freeman Worley said.
McMichael said police were called to the first shooting at 1031 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. where they discovered Clark suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died.
In the second shooting, a man with a gunshot was transported to the hospital’s emergency room at 4:30 a.m. by a private vehicle. “Details of this incident are very limited,” McMichael said. “An absolute location of where this incident took place has yet to be determined.”
The man was later identified as Berry.
Both men will be transported to the crime lab in Atlanta on Wednesday for autopsies, Worley said.
McMichael said both shootings are under investigation as homicides, which are Columbus’ sixth and seventh of the year. No arrests have been made in the deaths.
Police said no other details are available in the deaths.
The two deaths are the first since June 19 when Decartes Reginald Baldwin, 34, was shot multiple times as he stood on the curb talking to individuals at the intersection of North Lumpkin and Cusseta roads. Police charged a man and woman in connection with Baldwin’s death.
Anyone with information in either of the shootings should contact Robbery/Homicide Unit of the Columbus Police Department at 706-653-3400.