UPDATE: Stolen truck involved in deadly Stuart Dr. shooting found, suspect still at large

Father, son killed in shooting on Stuart Dr. in Columbus ID’d; police searching for suspect
UPDATE: Stolen truck involved in deadly Stuart Dr. shooting found, suspect still at large

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police are investigating a double homicide that happened on Stuart Drive in South Columbus.

According to Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley, 41-year-old Joseph “JoJo” Banks was pronounced dead at 9:22 a.m, along with his three-year-old son Tuesday morning.

Latasha Carnes, who says she is the wife of Banks, but not the mother of this child, says she is devastated over the news.

“They called me this morning and told me, and I’m like no. I just talked to him last night. How could he be gone?” says Carnes.

Shocked and in disbelief, Carnes says she immediately rushed to the scene when she heard the news.

“It don’t make sense. It really don’t make sense to me. I don’t understand how, why, or who would do that," says Carnes.

Banks and his 3-year old son, were found outside, near a driveway of a Stuart Drive home Tuesday morning.

Police say the pair was last seen leaving a motel on Victory Drive, Tuesday around 1 a.m.

According to reports, they left in a stolen Ford pickup truck, along with an unidentified black male described as being 6 feet tall, and weighing between 160 and 200 pounds.

The truck was located Wednesday morning in the 1000 block of Henry Drive in Columbus. According to police, the vehicle was parked behind 2 vacant houses.

Through tears, Carnes says she doesn’t know what would lead to this tragic ending.

According to Worley, Banks and his son’s bodies will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.

Carnes says she hopes whoever is responsible will come forward.

“I can’t believe someone would shoot him and kill him with a child, like why? Why Lord? There is too much going on. He’s gone. My baby gone!” says Carnes.

Anyone that knows of the whereabouts of the pickup truck or the unidentified black male to please contact 911 or Cpl. R. Nicholas at 706-225-4363.

Two people have died as a result of a shooting on Stuart Dr. Tuesday morning.
Two people have died as a result of a shooting on Stuart Dr. Tuesday morning.

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