Montezuma man charged with murder in Houston County shooting

bpurser@macon.comMarch 14, 2014 

Neighbors talk about what they saw and heard when a 22-year-old man was shot dead inside a car parked in a parking lot of Countryside Apartments in Houston County. The engine was still running and a man was seen limping and running away. By BECKY PURSER/THE TELEGRAPH

BECKY PURSER

WARNER ROBINS -- Neighbors reported the eruption of gunfire, a man running to a nearby street and collapsing, and then a black car speeding away.

Dylan Akers, 22, of Houston County had been shot dead Thursday night in the 300 block of Ashwood Drive, near Feagin Mill Road, in what Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Dave Carrick said is being investigated as a drug-related confrontation.

Investigators have charged Lamar Isiodre, 28, of Montezuma with murder, sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said.

Isiodre is hospitalized under guard in Gwinnett County with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Holland said other law enforcement agencies were asked to be on the lookout for a gunshot victim seeking medical treatment and arriving in a personal vehicle.

The Duluth Police Department responded that Isiodre had shown up at a Gwinnett County hospital about 1 a.m. Friday.

Authorities determined that Isiodre was the man that multiple Countryside Apartment residents saw limping and running through the apartment complex before collapsing.

One person drove him up the road after he’d been shot, and another person picked him up and drove him to the hospital, Holland said.

No charges have been filed at this time against those who drove Isiodre.

Thursday night, Robert Jackson was inside his apartment in the 300-block of Ashwood Drive, giving a neighbor some potatoes, when he heard an exchange of gunfire.

“Bam-ba-ba-bam, like that,” Jackson said, describing the noise.

He thought a vehicle was backfiring. He looked out a window to see a gray, four-door car with its engine running parked in front of the apartment building across the street.

Then a tall, thin black man stood up on the passenger side of the car.

“The next thing I saw was a gun in his hand,” Jackson said. “So immediately we knew those were shots.”

Jackson ran to get the phone and called 911.

“By that time -- say half a minute -- I turned back basically to look and see what was going on, and it was all over,” he said. “The car was still there, engine running.

“The person who had been outside the car had come through here,” Jackson said, pointing to a grassy strip alongside his apartment building.

Jackson pointed to tire marks where the car was parked in a space facing the building across the street. He watched authorities put up yellow crime scene tape and, later, the body being taken out of the car.

“It’s just sort of sad that it happened,” he said. “The problem is it’s just happening too often, too many places, too much.”

He said his daughter called, wanting him to move.

“Where,” Jackson asked. “It’s fine here. I’ve been here seven years. It’s fine, quiet. Where are you going to move? There’s crime everywhere.”

Jason Grayer, 32, said he was lying in bed when heard five or six shots.

“My kids was outside playing,” Grayer said. “They ran in telling me, ‘There’s been some shooting. There’s been some shooting. And there’s a guy running through the back.’”

Grayer ran outside. He saw the car running and was told a man was inside. Grayer called 911.

He said his children did not get a good look at the man who was running.

Carol Abbott, who lives one street over on Birchwood, said she was coming out the door right after the shooting.

“There was this guy down the street -- way down there -- on his stomach on the ground and he was yelling for help,” Abbott said.

As she was walking and running toward him to help, she shouted and asked what was wrong. He yelled again, “Help!”

About that time, a black car pulled up, and two men stepped out from in between the apartment buildings. The man who was hurt told them not to call 911, and they told him they’d put him in the car.

“I guess they picked him up and put him in the car,” Abbott said. “By that time, I had already gone in the house because I was scared.

“I knew it was a shooting because the guy couldn’t walk. He kept trying to get up and his ankle kept slipping up under him. It scared me,” she said.

Abbott said she peeked out the window to see the black car speed off. She said couldn’t see the driver or who was in the car.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at 478-542-2085 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this article.

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