WARNER ROBINS -- Alma Turner was inside her Crestwood Terrace home Thursday night when she heard what she thought were firecrackers. Then, she saw a man fall to the ground in a neighbor’s yard and a white car speed off.
The man, who was later identified by police as 38-year-old Keith Moses, of 906 Crestwood Terrace, was able to get back up and bang on the door of the house where he’d fallen. He died at 4:58 a.m. Friday at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, police said.
Police have released little information about the shooting other than to say Moses was shot once in the chest inside his home and fled for help. They are searching for four black men seen leaving the residence in a white four-door car.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, said Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin.
Turner, a 67-year-old retired nurse’s assistant, said she did not see the driver and did not know how many people may have been inside the fleeing car. She said she couldn’t see the front of Moses’ home from her vantage point.
“I saw him run across the yard and fall,” Turner said. “I saw a white car speed by.”
Claudia Lopez, who spoke to a Telegraph reporter in Spanish, said she was with her children and brother visiting another brother’s home when Moses banged on their door for help.
The family had been watching a movie when suddenly they heard shots outside. About 30 seconds later, they heard more shots and saw the lock moving on the door.
Moses kept banging and trying to open the door with his fingers, Lopez said.
Lopez said she heard him ask for help and say he had been shot. One of her brothers asked him what his name was before police arrived and started asking more questions.
“We never thought something like this would happen,” Lopez said.
The door was covered Friday with black dust where Warner Robins police crime scene investigators had dusted for fingerprints. Investigators searched for clues in the front yard two houses down.
Neighbor Brandy King said she was working when Moses was shot shortly before 8 p.m., but her kids, ages 18, 16, 11 and 3 months, were at home. The 11-year-old told her she heard four shots fired.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Warner Robins police at (478) 929-6911. Tips also may be submitted by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and including the keyword WRPD in the body of the text.