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Man, 30, dies after hail of gunfire in parking lot at MLK Grocery

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A hail of gunfire has left a Columbus man dead in a parking lot shooting at MLK Grocery, police said.

Rufus J. Mabry Jr. , 30, was pronounced dead of multiple gunshots at 2:53 a.m. Saturday in the emergency room of Piedmont Columbus Regional Campus, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. Mabry’s body will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Decatur on Sunday for an autopsy.

In a release, Police Sgt. Michael Dahnke said police were called at 2:22 a.m. to the grocery at 1196 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Police found Mabry suffering from gunshot wounds.

A Columbus man, who didn’t want his name used, said he was prevented from leaving a nightclub near the grocery after the bullets started flying in the parking lot. He was allowed to pick up his car just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Others who stopped by the parking lot said young people frequently hang out in the parking lot late at night. They are usually in the lot with loud music blasting.

A pool of blood was found near a car in the parking lot. It was parked in front of the grocery store. That is the area where the shooting victim fell during the gunfire.

The nightclub is the only business operating in the small strip since the grocery store closed about six months ago.

Bryan said Mabry is the 17th homicide recorded by the coroner’s office in Columbus.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call Detective Donna Baker 706-225-4047 or e-mail her at dbaker@columbusga.org. All calls will remain anonymous.

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