Macon man in critical condition after Saturday shooting

A 55-year-old Macon man was listed in critical condition at an area hospital Sunday after being shot in the neck area Saturday night, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

William Ford and a female friend were inside a vehicle parked in front of a house in the 1200 block of Highland Avenue at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday when a man who’d been walking down the street asked for a cigarette, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Ford and his friend told the man that they didn’t smoke and the man walked away. At some point, the man returned to the car and exchanged words with Ford, according to the release.

After brandishing a handgun, the man shot Ford in the neck area, according to the release.

The alleged shooter is described as a black man of medium complexion with a beard and plats in his hair. He’s also tall and of stocky build, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 751-7500 or call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.