Gunman surrenders, says fatal Macon shooting accidental

Staff reportMarch 1, 2014 

Dominick Kantrel Howell Sr.

A 21-year-old Macon man died of a fatal gunshot wound Friday night and his cousin is in jail.

Cedric Recardo Patrick Jr. was rushed to the hospital by ambulance after he was shot in the back while sitting in a car full of people in the parking lot of a strip mall near Rocky’s Liquor Store at 1090 Eisenhower Parkway, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened at about 10:15 p.m. near the Taco Bell between Pio Nono Avenue and Interstate 75.

Patrick, of a Shakespeare Drive address, was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia at 10:56 p.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

The dead man’s cousin, 27-year-old Dominick Kantrel Howell Sr., turned himself over to investigators and said the shooting was an accident.

Howell, who was sitting behind Patrick in the car, said his handgun was uncomfortable in his waistband and he set it on his lap.

The gun began to slip, and as Howell tried to catch it the pistol fired and went through the car seat and hit Patrick in the back, the release stated.

Howell was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

It was the city’s third shooting death in the past seven days

In separate incidents Feb. 22, two people -- a 16-year-old boy and a 37-year-old woman -- were killed.

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