Columbus community reacts to first homicide of 2018

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Community members are shocked, outraged, and upset to find out that the first homicide of 2018 happened only 30 minutes into the new year.

"It's a sad way to start a new year. I mean it's sad in general. I just wish everyone would do the right thing. Do the right thing you know," said community member Allison Peak.

Nancy Johnson, 63, and her daughter Gloria were both shot at their home on Colorado Street. Deputy Coroner Charles Newton says that the mother didn't survive the shooting, but the daughter was treated and released from Midtown Medical Center early Monday afternoon.

People in the community say that there's been a lot of crime in Columbus lately, and they can relate to the hardship this family is facing.

"My reaction was shocked. I just had a family member pass away, so I know what it's like for this family over this holiday," said Kathryn Harding.

Investigators say the suspect left the area on foot. Witnesses described the suspect as a black man, around 55 to 65 years of age. Officials are currently doing an autopsy on Johnson to gather more information on the homicide.

This shooting is definitely raising concerns for those who are living in the community. They say that there may need to be new ways to solve the problem.

"I've never been the one for gun control, but maybe it's something that we need to consider because you never know if it's your mother or your brother or whoever," says Marti Kurtc.

Police are still searching for the suspect. If you have any information that could help with the investigation, you are asked to call police.

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