Police say 70 rounds fired into house in homicide

Macon police say the 55-year-old east Macon woman who died early this morning after suffering multiple gunshot wounds was shot after answering a knock at her door about 10 p.m. Monday, according to a police news release.

Gwendolyn Cole, of 242 Bradstone Circle off Millerfield Road, suffered gunshots to her torso and arms, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

More than 70 rounds of gunfire were cranked into the home, according to a police report. Bullets appear to have come from a semi-automatic assault rifle, according to Deputy Chief Mike Carswell.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Melanie Hoffmann said detectives have learned that someone came to the door and inquired about Cole's son Alfonso moments before the shooting happened.

"Someone did come to the door asking for the son," Hofmann said.

"When she said 'no,' the suspect opened fire through the door striking her several times," according to the report.

Police arrived at the scene and found Cole on the floor but conscious.

Macon police Capt. Jimmy Barbee said authorities are investigating the possible connection between multiple shootings in the area late last night.

"We had a couple shootings over there, and we're looking to see if they might be related," he said.

Barbee declined to further comment and said detectives are busy with the investigation. At about 3 p.m., police met to review progress in the case.

Police now are investigating the shooting as a homicide, the first reported in Macon in 2008.

Family members at Cole's home this morning would not speak about the shooting.

Cole was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where she died shortly after 7:30 a.m. today. Jones said an autopsy is expected to be performed today.

Broken glass from shattered sliding glass doors littered the wooden back deck of the small house this morning at the corner of the Bradstone subdivision.

Several small dents were scattered halfway up the maroon metal front door of the house where a foot-tall bear statue held up the number 242 on the concrete stoop.

Shards of glass lay on the driveway where one of the windows on the garage door was broken overhead.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME or Macon police at 751-7500.

Staff writer Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report.

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