Man critically wounded in shooting at west Macon motel

An early morning shooting seriously wounded a man at a west Macon motel.

At about 6 a.m. Thursday, Bibb County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Bridgeview Inn & Suites motel at 6000 Harrison Road at the corner of Eisenhower Parkway near Interstate 475.

Carlos Chaz Brown, 31, of Macon, was shot in the lower back and arm outside room 224 on the back side of the motel, Bibb County sheriff’s public affairs Sgt. Clay Williams said.

Brown was taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health, in critical condition.

He was in surgery Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

“We’re still trying to determine who all was involved,” Williams said about an hour after the shooting. “We do know we have multiple subjects involved.”

A trash can was knocked over near the middle stairway and yellow crime scene tape roped off two areas of the building as deputies investigated.

Shell casings were scattered on the back side of the building and near the corner stairwell, too.

“Looks like we had a shootout,” one officer said as additional evidence was discovered after the sun came up.

Investigators reviewed surveillance camera footage to see what happened and try to identify suspects.

At about 12:30 p.m., Gregory Bernard Staten Jr., 28, of Woolfolk Street in east Macon, was arrested in connection with the shooting, authorities said.

Staten was initially charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, according to jail records.

Anyone with information is urged to call for a sheriff’s investigator at 478-751-7500, or phone anonymous tips to Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.