The fatal shooting of a man on Dover Street late Monday night is related to an armed robbery, according to a Macon police report.
Nathaniel Jones, 32, of Grand Avenue, died from a single gunshot wound to the neck, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.
Police officers were dispatched to the 3900 block of Dover Street just before 11:30 p.m. Monday. Nathaniel Jones was pronounced dead in a front yard on Dover Street at about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, the coroner said.
Police have not released any details about the robbery or shooting, but the police report characterizes the incident as an armed robbery and a homicide.
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An Xbox gaming system and wallet were taken from a house in the 3900 block of Dover Street, according to the police report. The home’s front door was kicked in, and two black male suspects left the scene on foot.
A woman who lives at the house, 25-year-old Crystal Swain, was listed as a victim in the report.
Police have not released information about whether Swain was injured.
Nathaniel Jones’ mother, Kathy Williams, described her son as laid back and having “a quiet spirit.”
Although he wasn’t married, he was the father of a 15-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, she said.
He used to work as the head cook at the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Riverside Drive and loved singing and rapping, Williams said.
Although Nathaniel Jones wasn’t working at Cracker Barrel at the time of his death, several employees were stunned when they arrived at work and learned he had been fatally shot, said Carla Flagg, the restaurant’s manager.
She described the employees as a “tight-knit family” and said a few had plans to get together after work Tuesday.
“He was a great employee. He had a good attitude,” Flagg said. “He was an all-around nice guy.”
Williams said the last time she talked to her son was last week.
“I wanted him to come home and help me,” she said.
Williams was at home Monday night when she received a call from a friend of the family who told her about the shooting.
She said Jones was at the house on Dover Street to meet a woman for sex, but the woman wasn’t Swain.
Williams said she’s not sure who killed her son, but the family suspects a couple of people and have told police officers about their suspicions.
Jones is Macon’s third homicide victim this year.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.