Bibb investigators probing shooting deaths

Law enforcement officers investigate a burglary in progress that ended with an alleged intruder shot dead Thursday.
Law enforcement officers investigate a burglary in progress that ended with an alleged intruder shot dead Thursday.

Two Macon men died of gunshot wounds within about 12 hours of each other Thursday, but there might not be much more linking them than the date of death.

Authorities do not have any preliminary evidence of a connection between the two shootings, Lt. Sean DeFoe, a public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday.

DeFoe cautioned that the investigations are still in the early stages and did not rule out anything.

Deputies are still looking for a white SUV carrying gunmen who opened fire on two men sitting outside Macon Gardens apartments at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Three or four men were inside the SUV when shots rang out, hitting the men outside Building 20 of the complex not far from Macon Mall, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Tarvarous Veal, 19, of Woolfolk Street, was pronounced dead at 8:08 p.m. at Medical Center, Navicent Health.

“He had a gunshot wound to the shoulder,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

It appeared the bullet made it into the chest cavity, Jones said, but an autopsy will determine exactly how Veal died.

The other victim, Terry Brown, 23, was wounded in both legs, Jones said. The gunmen drove off in what was described as a Ford Expedition or Ford Explorer.

Veal’s death was the second killing in the county that day.

An alleged burglar was shot to death just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday on Suzanne Drive.

Sheriff David Davis said 20-year-old Drevon Lashuwn McLaurin reported he was being attacked by an intruder with a hammer.

Andrew Darrell Brown, 49, of Edwards Avenue, was wounded in the lower extremities and died inside the house.

Deputies are working to verify McLaurin fired in self-defense, as he claimed when deputies arrived to a reported burglary in progress at the dead end of the short street a couple of blocks behind the old Bel Arbor nursing home on Napier Avenue.

Brown pleaded guilty in 1993 to burglary, according to Bibb County Superior Court records.

Anyone with information in either of the cases is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.