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Warner Robins police beef up patrol after teen shot

WARNER ROBINS -- Police have beefed up patrol in the Alma Avenue neighborhood after a 16-year-old was shot there Wednesday afternoon.

The teenager, who was shot once in the leg, has been released from the hospital, said 25-year-old Wayne King of Macon, who identified himself as the teenager’s brother.

A police report identified the victim as Tamjia Quaion Debruce.

Wayne King, who was in Macon at the time of the shooting, said he heard that “a dude pulled up and went to shooting.”

He said Debruce and others were playing basketball in the 1300 block of Alma Avenue when shots were fired about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

But Jennifer Parson, public information officer for Warner Robins police, characterized King’s account as “rumor.”

What police have learned so far, Parson said, is that about 30 people were gathered along the street when multiple people fired several shots -- wounding the teenager.

Another person, 19-year-old Diaquaveous Young of Warner Robins, suffered only scratches and scrapes.

As officers arrived on scene, the crowd quickly dispersed, Parson said.

The fact that the crowd dispersed and that some of the witnesses are not cooperating with police is hindering the investigation, Parson said.

“When we don’t have witnesses that are cooperative, it’s really hard to find out what really was happening,” Parson said.

Several people asked by a Telegraph reporter for comment Thursday said they either didn’t know, see or hear anything, or they were asleep or were not at home when the shooting occurred.

Investigators found shell casings outside 1321 and 1325 Alma Avenue. Two other homes are located between those two residences. Alma Avenue is located off South Pleasant Hill Road less than a mile from Warner Robins High School.

Earlier Thursday, investigators specializing in crime scene analysis made a 3D model of the crime scene. Parson said the investigators can put themselves inside the crime scene using the model, and use of the model keeps them from having to make repeated trips to the actual crime scene.

Police have not been able to determine yet a motive for the shooting and have not “confirmed or discredited” whether any gang members were involved, Parson said.

Numerous police vehicles were highly visible in the neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with any information related to the incident is asked to call Warner Robins police at 478-302-5380.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.