Macon police investigating another Unionville shooting

Macon police are investigating another shooting in Unionville after a rash of recent violence in the neighborhood.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday, 57-year-old Alfred Bernard Chapman III was shot in the back at his home on Hortman Avenue off Columbus Road, Macon Police Chief Mike Burns said.

The wound is not thought to be life-threatening, Burns said.

Chapman told investigators he went to investigate when he heard his screen door open about 4:50 a.m. and confronted a large man who pointed a chrome revolver at him, according to a news release from the Macon Police Department.

The intruder demanded money and went through Chapman’s wallet before shooting him, the release stated.

The gunman, who had broken the door, is described as being about 6 feet 1 inch tall, black and weighing at least 250 pounds, the release stated.

He was wearing black clothing and black and white tennis shoes as he ran toward Daffodil Street.

In spite of several shootings in the past week, including a homicide on May Ave­nue, Burns said there have been fewer shooting victims in the city this year.

“We’ve had fewer people shot this year than last,” he said. “It just comes in spates.”

The department’s crime statistics show 19 people shot so far this year, compared to 22 by this time last year, 47 in 2010 and 42 shootings in 2009.

The overall crime rate is down about 14 percent, Burns said.

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

Writer Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report. To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.