WARNER ROBINS -- A 25-year-old Warner Robins man was shot to death in his Warner Robins apartment late Thursday.
The victim was identified as Joel Taylor who lived at Apt. 14-A at 101 Woodcrest Circle, police said.
Police are looking for two men in connection with the shooting, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police. Detailed descriptions were unavailable, she said.
The men forced their way into the apartment, and one of them shot Taylor multiple times “all over” his body, Pugh said.
Taylor was alive when authorities arrived at the apartment after a 911 call of a shooting at 10:52 p.m., Pugh said. He was pronounced dead at Houston Medical Center, she said.
“We’re not at this point going to speculate as to the motive,” Pugh said.
Neighbor Fernando Sullins, 42, said he arrived home about 10:30 p.m. after a trip to Wal-Mart, and all appeared normal in the Woodcrest Apartments complex. He lives in the same building and directly behind the apartment where the shooting occurred.
Sullins said the only thing he heard later was the sound of running inside the apartment shared by Taylor and a girlfriend.
“I didn’t hear any hollering, screaming, gunshots,” said Sullins, who thought that was odd after later learning of the shooting.
Shortly before 11 p.m., Sullins said he heard the sound of a fire truck horn as it was attempting to get around another vehicle. That brought Sullins outside where he saw Taylor’s girlfriend talking to police.
He said he couldn’t hear what was being said.
A police officer asked him if he saw anyone running away carrying televisions, and he said he told the officer he had not.
Sullins said he did not know Taylor and his girlfriend well, and he talked to Taylor when both were taking out the trash. The couple had borrowed his phone before, Sullins said. But he said he did not know Taylor’s name until after the shooting.
He said another neighbor saw two people run from the area, but he did not know the neighbor’s name. He pointed to where the neighbor lived, and that part of the apartment complex remained roped off by yellow crime scene tape Friday afternoon with an officer in a marked car outside. A Warner Robins police crime scene analysis truck was also parked outside the apartment.
An autopsy was expected at the GBI crime lab in Macon. Pugh could not be reached Friday afternoon for additional comment.
The shooting brings the total homicides in Warner Robins this year to six.
Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (478) 929-6911. Information also may be submitted by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and including keyword WRPD in the body of the text. Or call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (478) 742-2330 or 1 (877) 68CRIME.
Telegraph writer Liz Fabian contributed to this article. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.