A 30-year-old woman was killed and her 2-year-old daughter was critically wounded Thursday in a shooting at a house off Pio Nono Avenue in south Macon, authorities said.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the gunfire, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. at 3309 Pio Nono Circle, which intersects Pio Nono Avenue just south of Newburg Avenue.
Bibb County sheriff’s officials said the victim, Shakema Dickson, was taken to a city hospital where she later died. Her daughter, Korri, was said to be in critical condition early Thursday evening.
A manhunt had been underway for Darrell Dexter Solomon, 19, who turned himself into authorities about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, but as officials said in a statement late Thursday night “it was determined that he was not the person who shot the victims. ... The initial evidence and Solomon fleeing the scene pointed to Solomon being the suspect.”
Investigators have said the mother and daughter were shot “multiple times.” The authorities have since posted a lookout for another person, a view from behind of someone in a gray, hooded sweatshirt, who was recorded on surveillance cameras leaving the area around the time of the shooting.
Sheriff’s officials have declared the shooting to be the result of “a dispute,” but further details were scant.
According to a sheriff’s statement, Dickson “was holding her 2-year-old infant daughter and tried to protect her” when the shooting happened.
“We are still trying to determine motive,” Williams said.
For more than an hour Thursday afternoon, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter crisscrossed the city’s south side, hovering over wooded patches and neighborhoods in the Pio Nono and Houston Avenue corridors.
A dozen or so onlookers gathered along busy Pio Nono, eyes trained on the crime scene, a yellow house two doors down from the corner where investigators huddled for much of the afternoon. At one point, a woman believed to be a relative of the victims walked up and cried, “He shot my baby!”
One man who was in the area when the shooting happened told The Telegraph that he saw a man believed to be the shooter hurrying away from the house.
Surveillance footage from a security camera at a store on nearby Rice Mill Road may have captured footage of a suspect running across Rice Mill in the moments after the shooting.
One onlooker, Larry Clark Jr., said he heard six or seven gunshots while just up the street on Pio Nono as the 12:55 p.m. incident unfolded. He thought an auto-parts store near the shooting scene may have been robbed so he drove over in his tow truck to see for himself.
He arrived just in time to see someone carrying the wounded child to a paramedic. “After that,” Clark said, “they brought the lady out.”
He added, “It kind of had me shook up. ... I thought somebody was out there shooting in the parking lot.”
Staff writer Becky Purser contributed to this article.