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Suspect charged in fatal shooting at Chick-fil-A

An 18-year-old was charged with murder Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of another teen at Chick-fil-A on Bloomfield Road in Macon.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones identified the victim as Leonard Spivey Jr., 18.

Sheriff David Davis said there were several males fighting outside the restaurant. An employee happened to open the back door at that time, and Spivey ran inside, chased by another man who shot him in front of restaurant workers. The shooter immediately fled the scene.

Later in the day Julian Charles Kongquee, 18, of Macon was charged with murder in connection with the shooting. Shortly after the incident, Kongquee called 911 from his residence and asked for an ambulance due to a cut on his elbow, said Lt. Sean DeFoe. DeFoe said as a matter of routine deputies respond to any call concerning a cut to ensure a crime had not taken place. After investigation by the deputies, it was determined that Kongquee suffered the cut during the confrontation at Chick-fil-A. He was taken in for questioning and then charged.

“We can all be grateful for the investigators’ quick work in identifying a suspect in this homicide,” Davis said in a release. “To gun down someone in a drive up restaurant in the presence of employees illustrates a callousness that is disturbing. Once again a teen suspect is arrested for killing another teen to settle a score. An alarming number of local youths are ending up with the coroner or a sheriff’s investigator.”

The shooting marks the 29th homicide of the year in Bibb County, just one shy of the total for 2017. It came just two days after Jones and other Bibb leaders held a community meeting on the rash of violence plaguing the community.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Jones said.

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert also weighed in on the incident with a Facebook post.

“I learned with sadness & dismay of the homicide that occurred on Eisenhower Pkwy in the middle of the day,” he wrote. “Regardless of details, we have another senseless and tragic loss of life that affects the individuals involved & their families, but also our entire community. As a community, we must have a response that is not merely reacting to a crime, but rather helps prevent future acts of desperation & violence. We must involve the faith community, educational resources, & businesses, along with BSO, to protect our community. I remain committed to a comprehensive effort, and to identifying and involving partners in it.”

The shooting happened at about 3:15 p.m. at the restaurant located near the corner of Bloomfield Road and Mercer University Drive, across from the Macon Mall.

Jones said Spivey is the grandson of Ellen Sandifer, a 57-year-old woman found beaten to death Aug. 22.

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