Crime

Columbus police ask public to help ID gunman in fatal Saturday gas station shooting

Two young men were killed in weekend shootings in Columbus.

The latest was Jordan Rivers, 21, who died from a single gunshot wound at 1:33 p.m. Saturday at Piedmont Columbus Regional, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

Columbus police found Rivers wounded when they were called at 1:05 p.m. Saturday to the parking lot of the Citgo gas station at 1431 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Investigators have asked the public’s help in identifying the suspected gunman, described as a black man age 18 to 25 wearing a black track suit with white stripes, and driving a light colored, late model Chevrolet Impala. A black woman was in the car with him, police say.

Anyone with information on Rivers’ shooting is asked to contact Sgt. Jeff Kraus at 706-225-4374 or dkraus@columbusga.org.

Rivers was killed just a day after 21-year-old, Treyvius R. Crowell died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, the coroner said.

Crowell was pronounced dead at Piedmont Columbus Regional at 1:33 p.m. Friday, after he was found shot in a driveway in the 1800 block of Amber Drive, authorities said.

Anyone with information on Crowell’s shooting is asked to contact Cpl. Robert Nicholas at 706-225-4363 or rnicholas@columbusga.org.

The two fatal shootings bring the total number of 2019 Columbus homicides so far to 32, by Bryan’s count. Columbus recorded 34 homicides in 2018, according to the coroner’s office.

Tim Chitwood is from Seale, Ala., and started as a police beat reporter with the Ledger-Enquirer in 1982. He since has covered Columbus’ serial killings and other homicides, following some from the scene of the crime to trial verdicts and ensuing appeals. He also has been a Ledger-Enquirer humor columnist since 1987. He’s a graduate of Auburn University, and started out working for the weekly Phenix Citizen in Phenix City, Ala.
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