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Victims identified in Warner Robins homicides

The Chevron station on Elberta Road in Warner Robins remained blocked off with crime scene tape Sunday morning after a clerk was shot dead Saturday night.
The Chevron station on Elberta Road in Warner Robins remained blocked off with crime scene tape Sunday morning after a clerk was shot dead Saturday night. wcrenshaw@macon.com

A convenience store clerk in Warner Robins was shot dead Saturday less than three hours after a fatal shooting at an apartment complex nearby.

The Warner Robins Police Department Assistant Chief John Wagner said it hasn't been determined whether the two shootings are related.

"It certainly is odd that they were in close proximity," he said. "We are not ruling that out."

The first shooting happened at Tanglewood Apartments at 1005 Elberta Road, a release stated. At 6:12 p.m. police were dispatched there to investigate a report of shots fired inside apartment 90. They found a man shot dead inside.

At 8:56 p.m., officers responded to a call of a robbery and shots fired at the Chevron station at 806 Elberta Road, also known as Food Mart #3. They found a store clerk inside shot. Paramedics attempted to revive the victim but were unsuccessful.

At about 9 a.m. Sunday, the police were still at the scene of both shootings, surrounded by yellow tape. Crime scene technicians were still at the Tanglewood Apartments location, while a lone patrol car stood outside the Chevron store.

A release Sunday identified the victim in the Tanglewood Apartments shooting as Vincent Junior, 28, of Warner Robins. He may have known the suspect, who was described as a black male, slim and wearing a dark hooded shirt and blue jeans. The two were heard arguing before shots were fired.

The victim in the Chevron store shooting was identified as Janak Patel, age unavailable, of Warner Robins. The suspect is a black male wearing dark clothing with his face partially covered, the release state. The suspect fled toward Greenbrair Road. A tracking dog was used but was not able to locate the suspect.

The homicides are the first of the year in the city.

Anyone with information on the Chevron shooting is asked to call Detective Justin Clark at 478-302-5380. Anyone with information on the Tanglewood Apartments shooting can call Detective Carder Gravitt at the same number, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME for information on either shooting.



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