Columbus police have arrested an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in East Columbus early this morning.
Jeffrey Jones, 18, and the juvenile, were charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and armed robbery.
The charges stem from the shooting death of Mercer Gadsden, 19. Gasden's body was found in a house on Forrest Road near Gleason Avenue. Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower pronounced Gadsden dead at 2:37 a.m., shortly after police arrived on the scene.
Sgt. Harvey Hatcher said the shooting happened after "a drug deal gone bad" between Gadsden and Jones. The juvenile was also involved, but police do not know how at this point.
Jones and the juvenile are scheduled to appear in Columbus Recorder's Court on Monday at 9 a.m.
Gadsden's body had been sent to the crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.
A woman fairly new to the neighborhood Bell Thomas said she had met the victim on occasion. “He seemed like a nice guy. Very cool. He didn’t appear to be the type anyone would have a beef with.”
Older people living nearby where the shooting took place would not give their names and spoke from behind closed doors.
“It really feels bad,” said one elderly woman who has been in the area for a long time. “I hate to see this happen here.”
Another said she felt “uncomfortable” after incident.