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Police: Man shot another man because he thought he stole something

Gabriel Blair Duncan
Gabriel Blair Duncan

A Warner Robins man shot another man because he thought he’d stolen something from him, police said Thursday.

Gabriel Blair Duncan, 23, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during a crime in Wednesday’s 11:13 a.m. incident, said Assistant Police Chief John Wagner.

Kalup Jammal Thomas, 27, of Warner Robins, remained in stable condition late Thursday afternoon at Medical Center, Navicent Health, with multiple gunshot wounds, Wagner said.

Duncan told police he shot Thomas in self defense after Thomas approached him in a threatening manner while he was seated in a chair in the driveway of a friend’s duplex apartment at 300 Carolina Ave., Wagner said.

But police found no evidence or witnesses that backed up Duncan’s account, Wagner said.

Instead, witnesses told police that Thomas had heard on the street that Duncan thought he’d stolen something, Wagner said. What that something was was not known.

Thomas had walked up to a seated Duncan to attempt to set the record straight when Duncan fired at Thomas, Wagner said. Duncan stood up as he continued firing, Wagner said.

Thomas was struck in the leg and arm, and taken by ambulance to the hospital, Wagner said.

Thomas underwent surgery Wednesday night, and he was expected to undergo an additional surgery, Wagner said.

Four years ago, Duncan fired upon two men who forced their way into his Elberta Road apartment shortly before 10 p.m May 12, 2012. The men fled.

A man suspected in the burglary, Justin Christopher Gladden, 24, of Warner Robins, was found shot in back the 100 block of Dixie Trail. He later pleaded guilty to the burglary and received six months probation, Houston County Superior Court records show.

Gladden also received first offender status, which meant the felony would come off his record if he successfully completed probation. Court records also showed probation violations.

Duncan, the victim in that incident, was not charged, Wagner said.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser