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Sunday fatal shooting marks Columbus’ seventh homicide of 2019

Murder investigations hitting roadblocks because witnesses won’t talk, police say.

It’s what authorities don’t know about 10 of Columbus’ 38 homicides over the past 14 months that’s most worrisome. They don’t know much, in some cases, and why they don’t know much is no secret: The people who know what happened aren’t talking.
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It’s what authorities don’t know about 10 of Columbus’ 38 homicides over the past 14 months that’s most worrisome. They don’t know much, in some cases, and why they don’t know much is no secret: The people who know what happened aren’t talking.

Columbus had its seventh homicide of 2019 on Sunday morning.

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Police were called at 12:45 a.m. to a shooting on 25th Street near Hamilton Road where they found a 53-year-old man lying in the road with a gunshot wound.

The victim, later identified as Davis McFarland, was rushed by ambulance to the emergency room at Piedmont Columbus Regional’s midtown campus, where he died from his wound at 2:15 a.m., investigators said. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. McFarland’s body will be transported to the crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy on Monday, the coroner said.

The Columbus police homicide unit is investigating.

Anyone with information on McFarland’s shooting is asked to contact Detective Zach Cole at 706-225-4295 or zcole@columbusga.org.

Tim Chitwood is from Seale, Ala., and started as a police beat reporter with the Ledger-Enquirer in 1982. He since has covered Columbus’ serial killings and other homicides, following some from the scene of the crime to trial verdicts and ensuing appeals. He also has been a Ledger-Enquirer humor columnist since 1987. He’s a graduate of Auburn University, and started out working for the weekly Phenix Citizen in Phenix City, Ala.
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