A Macon man died on his 34th birthday after suffering two gunshot wounds early today.
Ivan Lamont Oglesby, of Scotland Avenue,was shot in the left side of his head and shoulder before 5:30 a.m. near 161 Ward St. off Vineville Avenue.
Oglesby died at The Medical Center of Central Georgia shortly after 10 a.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
"He had a verbal altercation with somebody and they shot him in the street," said Earnest Barlow, Oglesby's cousin.
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The cousins were born a year and five days apart and Barlow had just celebrated their birthdays with Oglesby the day before. Oglesby was driving Barlow's pickup the night he was killed.
"He had a heart," Barlow said as he held the pickup keys now stained with his cousin's blood. "He was a hard-working man, a plumber by trade. When this recession hit him he was just doing whatever he needed to get by. I know he wouldn't have hurt anybody."
Oglesby leaves behind about five children, some of them very young, Barlow said.
The killing happened about a block away from St. Peter Claver Elementary School. Parents dropping off children had to detour around the scene as investigators processed evidence.
"We prayed for the victim and the shooter this morning at our daily prayer," Sister Margaret Mary Scally, principal of St. Peter Claver, wrote in an e-mail to The Telegraph. "We work very hard to make St. Peter Claver campus safe for the children at all times."
Scally said the shooting happened a few hours before the school's Safety Day which prompted her to remind students there is good reason why they are supervised so closely.
Yellow crime scene tape still hung from 82-year-old Johnnie B. Blackmon's front porch when he came to sit outside this morning. It was the first indication he had that violence occurred so close to his front door.
"I was in bed still asleep," Blackmon said. "I keep my nose out of other folks business. I can't help what's going on out there. I just sit here on this porch."
Blackmon moved to his house about 33 years ago.
"Goodness alive," he said when commenting on how the neighborhood has changed. "I just mind my own business."
Come back to macon.com for updates on this developing story or read Friday's Telegraph.