Macon police:Man shot on porch had earlier reported armed robbery

Macon police say a man who was shot Thursday afternoon while sitting on his front porch on Harris Street called police Wednesday to report being robbed at gunpoint.

Robert Lee Coach, 53, of 1347 Harris St., was shot in the lower abdomen outside his gray wood-frame house shortly after 1 p.m. and was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Police continue to look for a gunman.

Police detective Cornelius Pendleton said there were no witnesses, and he would not confirm who police have interviewed in connection with the incident.

About 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a man approached Coach near Ell Street and Adams Avenue and inquired about the whereabouts of the man’s puppy, according to the police report.

Coach told the man he didn’t know anything about the dog. The man then pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at Coach, also robbing him of $20 and punching him in the right cheek, according to the report.Coach told police he was able to run away after being robbed.

“I don’t know if there is any connection or not,” Pendleton said. “This whole thing still is under investigation.”

Coach remained in stable condition at the Medical Center late Thursday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said.

Pendleton said Coach spoke with detectives immediately after the shooting.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Macon Police Department at (478) 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.