UPDATE: Neighbor claims murder was drug-related

Source: Andrew Wittenberg
Source: Andrew Wittenberg

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police confirm to WTVM News Leader 9 that Ermond Givens, 51, of Columbus was killed early Friday morning near the intersection of North Lumpkin Road and 27th Avenue in Columbus.

Givens was shot at least once in the chest and pronounced dead on the scene just after 2:30 Friday morning.

A neighbor who lives nearby spoke with News Leader Nine's Andrew Wittenberg about the shooting and why she believes the cause was a drug deal, gone wrong.

"It was just a bad deal went sour, and that's probably what happened to him, but other than that, they need to crack down on the community and cut down on the drugs and the violence around in the neighborhood, cause if we don't have support, it's just going to keep happening over and over again," the neighbor said.

That neighbor wished to remain anonymous because of fear for their own safety, a fate maintained by local drug dealers.

No arrests have been made and police have not yet established a motive for the shooting.

Givens' body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

Police reports indicate he was shot with a small caliber revolver.

Police also say the shooting does not initially appear to be related to another shooting in the same vicinity that occurred on Wednesday that left a 16-year-old shot in the forearm.

The shooting is still under investigation.

If you have any information, call the homicide division at (706)-653-3400. 

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