After EMS rushed a wounded young man to the hospital early Thursday, the backpack he left behind was the first clue the victim might have been a student.
Just before 7:30 a.m., Macon-Bibb 911 received a call about a person down on Beech Avenue near the old Winship Elementary School.
A passerby reported seeing someone lying near the sidewalk.
First responders found the 16-year-old with a gunshot to the chest near the entrance to the old school just off Pio Nono Avenue between Montpelier and Napier avenues.
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“I just don’t know what to say,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said about Macon’s 22nd homicide victim. “Any homicide is one too many, and I’ve said that before and I say it all the time in my interviews. But 16 years old? This young man is 16-years-old.”
Jayvon Sherman, who was believed to be headed to a nearby Central High School, was pronounced dead just after 8 a.m. at Medical Center, Navicent Health’s emergency room, Jones said.
Bibb County School System spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley confirmed Sherman was a student at Central , which is a few blocks away from where he was found.
Counselors have been sent to the school to help students cope with their grief.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has been asked to provide extra security at Thursday night’s football game between Central and Rutland High School at Henderson Stadium.
“That’s just out of precaution,” Hartley stated in a text responding to an inquiry from The Telegraph.
A crime scene investigator arrived on the scene at about 8:40 a.m. just after deputies roped off the block just past Patterson Street.
At least six evidence markers were set down near the entrance to the school and a technician made a plaster cast of some impression on the ground outside the former social studies School of Excellence.
About a half-dozen people at the corner of corner of Patterson and Beech were watching the deputies work.
A school bus stopped at the corner and slowly moved through the intersection as investigators and deputies huddled in the street.
Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Howard could not immediately say whether anyone reported shots fired in the area near the Bold as a Lion church at the corner of Napier Avenue and Pio Nono.
“It is being treated as a homicide investigation,” Howard said.
No witnesses were around when deputies arrived.
“He was the only person on the scene,” Howard said of Sherman.
Multiple investigators responded to the school and the road was blocked for a couple of hours.
Jones said: “I just don’t know what we’re going to do. I just don’t know how to handle this. I know it’s going to take a community effort” to stop the violence.
For more on this story, come back to macon.com and read Friday’s Telegraph.