A 27-year-old Columbus man was shot and killed early Monday on Parkchester Drive, said Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton.
Newton said Nikco Slaughter was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds at 3:18 a.m. at Midtown Medical Center. His body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick said no suspects have been arrested or identified in the shooting.
“We’re still in the early stages of the investigation,” he said. “Our guys are still working the scene.”
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Detectives were still on the scene collecting evidence from a house in the 600 block of Parkchester Drive around 11:15 a.m.
Angela Snipes, who lives in the area, said she was home with her 15-year-old son when the shooting happened, but she didn’t find out about it until later that morning.
“For me to wake up this morning and to see the yellow tape and the police blocking it off, that was very scary because that could have been over here,” said Snipes, who didn’t know Slaughter personally but was saddened by his death.
With police still searching for any possible suspects, Snipes is concerned about safety.
“I don’t know if whoever did this lives right next door to me,” she said. “It’s very shocking that they don’t have any suspects yet, but I’m hoping that they find somebody.”
Slaughter’s death marks the 21st homicide in Columbus this year. It comes a week after 23-year-old Vatsal Patel was shot and killed Nov. 6 in an apparent robbery at the 5 Corner Lotto at 1231 Linwood Blvd. where he was employed.
On Nov. 10, police issued a news release asking for help identifying a man they described as a possible witness in the store shooting that also wounded Patel’s father, who owns the business.