Summer Shootings in Macon and Warner Robins
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and this year that summer seemed bloodier than normal. A new shooting or homicide was reported on almost every other day in Macon and Warner Robins. The latest shooting happened on Sunday involving Northside High School football player, Austin Roberts.
"It was just a case of he was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Head football coach/athletic director Kevin Kinsler said.
Roberts was at a house on the 200 block of Wendan Way, a few blocks from the school when he got caught in the middle of the crossfire
"He was over there to visit friends because we have players that live all over our school zone and just something happened,” Kinsler said.
However, this isn’t the first time a shooting has happened. Warner Robins Public Information Officer, Tabitha Pugh, said since June there have been 15 aggravated assaults with a gun reported in Warner Robins. But, it's not just the "International City” that’s had some bloodshed, Macon's had its fair number of shootings as well.
"Now I was keeping count of all the shootings but I lost count, even those that didn't result in a homicide but I just lost count,” Bibb County Coroner, Leon Jones said.
Jones said in the last year there have been 14 homicides in Macon with eight of them happening during summer. The last one was a double homicide on Thursday. There have only been two homicides in the county outside of the city limits.
"Now all the shootings that were involved didn't involve murders, ok, but we've had a rash of shootings the last couple of weeks," Jones said.
Jones said there seem to be more shootings in summer because kids are out of school. Many times the victims know each other which has Jones questioning why they shoot each other.
"I don't understand why young black kids kill young black kids,” he said. “Someone you obviously grew up with, went to daycare center, I don't understand it."
Kinsler said listening to the reports of shootings is upsetting to him as well.
"You hear about these things and I have noticed it and to me, it's really unfortunate."
However, Kinsler is staying positive about Roberts.
"He's going to get through this because he's got a lot of support here at Northside and a strong family support unit at home."
Roberts attended school on Tuesday despite being shot only two days ago. He is currently being recruited by numerous SEC schools and Coach Kinsler said he expects Roberts to heal physically very soon.