Mayor Teresa Tomlinson released a brief statement Tuesday expressing frustration about the number of homicides in Columbus this summer.
“There have been 26 murders in Columbus this year,” read the statement. “ We are all simultaneously heartsick and frustrated with the level of killing, particularly in this third quarter.”
The mayor issued the statement just hours after three people were killed in two separate overnight shootings.
The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as:
- Luis Moreno, 29, pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m. Monday at the Columbus Midtown Medical Center, after being wounded multiple times in a shooting at 1024 50th St.
- Datrell Roberson, 23, and Xavier Scott, 28, wounded in a shooting at 1024 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
The three deaths increased the number of 2017 homicides to 26, according to the Columbus Police Department. Muscogee County Coroner puts the number at 32.
“We will continue to concentrate on breaking up areas of known criminal activity,” the mayor said in the statement, “and will continue to ask for the public's support in helping us get suspects in these murders off the street.”