19-year-old charged in teen’s shooting death

bpurser@macon.comMarch 14, 2014 

Marcus Sallette

  • 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

WARNER ROBINS -- A 19-year-old has been arrested in what police say was an unintentional shooting death of another teen.

Marcus Dewayne Sallette was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the Thursday afternoon incident, a Warner Robins police news release said.

Aaron Taylor, 19, of Elko, was shot in apartment 185 of the Southland Station apartment complex. Neither man lived at the apartment where the shooting happened, according to the police and the incident report. Sallette lived in another building of the complex.

Police were called shortly before 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and found Taylor badly wounded. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

“The only information I was given by detectives is that Marcus was mishandling the gun when it went off, striking Aaron Taylor,” said Tabitha Clark, the public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Clark said she was not privy to the circumstances, such as why the two were at the apartment and how they obtained the handgun. No other information was released.

Neighbor Tonya Chamberlin, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom, lives above apartment 185. She said she was at home with her husband when the shooting happened.

She and her husband heard a “loud bang” about 4:45 p.m., but they didn’t know what it was, Chamberlin said. When she left to pick up her son, a police officer was running into the apartment. She said a man and his son lived in the apartment below.

Chamberlin said when she returned about 5:20, police had crime scene tape up across the apartment walkway, and she wasn’t able to enter.

The case will be turned over to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for further review.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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