The Columbus man found shot to death this morning in a south Columbus apartment had been shot “more than once,” according to Columbus Police Lt. John McMichael.
McMichael declined to say exactly how many times or where the victim, 36-year-old Harold Tynes, had been shot, until an autopsy report has been released. He said there were other people in apartment 5 at 917 Decatur Court in south Columbus when police arrived a little after 6 a.m. Friday morning. Police have identified no suspects and have not determined any possible motive.
“Right now, we’re in the process of turning over rocks and seeing what we can find,” McMichael said. “We’re still trying to put together exactly what happened.”
Deputy Coroner Charles Newton declared Tynes dead at 6:40 a.m. His family was notified and the body was sent to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy. Results are expected to be released Saturday.
At 11 a.m. today, a lone police car was backed up to the door of the apartment, which was blocked off with yellow crime scene tape. No officers were visible and no activity could be detected inside the apartment.
A small crowd of onlookers stood in the shade of a stand of pines near an apartment building, but none said they had seen or heard anything out of the ordinary.
Willie McBride, who moved back to Columbus nine months ago from Atlanta, lives nearby with family. He was visiting a friend in the complex Thursday night.
“I didn’t hear anything,” McBride said. “I got up about 9 this morning and saw police all over the place.”
McBride said he had seen the victim around the complex before, but didn’t know him.
“He was just visiting, I think,” he said.
According to nexis.com, the last known address for Tynes was an apartment at 3823 Baker Plaza Drive.
More details will be posted as they become available.