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Shooting on Reese Road leaves 29-year-old man dead, Muscogee County coroner says

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A dispute at a Reese Road card game late Saturday has left a 29-year-old man dead, Columbus authorities said Sunday.

Henderson Thomas Darrisaw of Fortson, Ga., was pronounced dead from gunshots one minute after midnight Saturday at Piedmont Columbus Regional’s midtown campus, Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said. His body will be sent to the crime lab in Decatur on Monday for an autopsy.

Police were called to 2032 Reese Road at 10:56 p.m. Saturday to check on a person shot. Darrisaw was found suffering from gunshot wounds.

Worley said the victim was at the house playing cards before gunfire erupted.

An investigation by the Homicide Unit has determined that Darrisaw was outside the residence when he was involved in a fight that broke out before he was shot multiple times. A party was held at the house with about 30 people to celebrate a birthday.

Only a few of the guests stayed at the scene after the shooting. Those who remained claimed to be friends of Darrisaw’s but have refused to cooperate with the investigation. Police said multiple potential witnesses left the scene before officers arrived.

Coroner Buddy Bryan said Darrisaw is the second homicide victim of the year in Columbus. Alfonzo Walker Sr. , 51, was shot about 4:59 a.m. and died early New Year’s Day during an alleged dispute with his son, 34-year-old Antonio Alphonzo Evans, at Hannah Heights Apartment, 909 Farr Road. Evans is charged with murder in his father’s death.

Columbus had 33 homicides in 2018, 30 of those recorded as murders, according to Bryan.

Anyone with information in the shooting death of Darrisaw should call Sgt. Jeff Kraus at 706-225-4374 or email him at dkraus@columbusga.org. Your information may remain anonymous if requested.

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