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Good evening and thanks for joining us.. I'm Leah Johnson.

Frank Malloy is on assignment.

Tonight....Macon police say they still have unanswered questions about a fatal shooting...that's drawn national attention.

 

That's the one where Police say Frank Lewis Reeves shot Linda Hunnicutt at a busy gas station at lunchtime.

Both the victim and the accused were elderly... and both were disabled.

Police spokesman Jami Gaudet said it's still an open case.... while investigators work to sort out what happened.

Their questions include how Reeves' motorized wheelchair came into contact with Hunnicutt's Buick...

....how the two strangers behaved before the shooting... and what happened next.

That's why Macon police still want to hear from anyone who was at the gas station about 1:15 p-m Tuesday.

Police also want to identify people seen on surveillance cameras at the gas station... so they can tell what they saw... and heard.

Anyone with information on this case.... can call Macon Police at (478) 803-2445. That number again.... 803-2445.

Tonight....Macon police say they still have unanswered questions about a fatal shooting...that's drawn national attention.

That's the one where Police say Frank Lewis Reeves shot Linda Hunnicutt at a busy gas station at lunchtime.

Both the victim and the accused were elderly... and both were disabled.

Police spokesman Jami Gaudet said it's still an open case.... while investigators work to sort out what happened.

Their questions include how Reeves' motorized wheelchair came into contact with Hunnicutt's Buick...

....how the two strangers behaved before the shooting... and what happened next.

That's why Macon police still want to hear from anyone who was at the gas station about 1:15 p-m Tuesday.

Police also want to identify people seen on surveillance cameras at the gas station... so they can tell what they saw... and heard.

Anyone with information on this case.... can call Macon Police at (478) 803-2445. That number again.... 803-2445.

today... 13WMAZ spoke with the son of Frank Reeves.

Frank Dixon is a community activist and anti-violence crusader.

He declined to go on camera... but in a conversation with Austin Lewis.... But he did paint a picture of Frank Reeves... from a son's perspective.

Dixon says despite reports of a confrontation between Reeves and Hunnicutt....his father was not an angry man.

<My father has never cursed me out, out of anger, like I said my father has spanked me twice in my life he's always been there to listen to me whenever I had major problems when I lost my daughter he tried to be as helpful as he could have been you know even he didn't have the words to say, he's always, as far as he being an angry person that's not my father so what happened that day I don't know was, I don't know I know that my father is not an angry bitter person. >

He also told me that he was upset by online comments that tried to make it a racial issue.

<A tragedy is a tragedy whether it's black white, white on black, black on white, black on black or whoever. Two families are shaken right now and to throw race as a cause and not as a factor. Yes race matters to a degree but not here, not now, not when people are grieving we should not use race as areason to get to our corners and say it's their fault, you know I have heard, I've seen some hateful things like my father is a thug how um Miss Hunnicutt must have been an angry lady let's not do that. Let's pray and see what happens. X>

He repeatedly spoke of how sorry he felt for the Hunnicutt family...and said he is praying for the family.

He told us his father had two major strokes.... one in the past year.

Meantime...Tom George returned to Reeves' neighborhood.

He spoke to neighbors who say they knew the 73-year-old well.

Leah... today... I talked to a neighbor named Miller Stubbs. I asked him...if he had any idea Reeves owned a weapon.

< Majorly surprised, because like I said, I've never seen him. He used to have a knife he used to sharpen, it was a Barlow knife, it was a small knife, but I'd never even consider whether Frank had a gun or not and he just didn't look like the type that would hurt a fly. >

Stubbs says Frank Reeves had his motorized wheelchair for only for the last six months. He says his friend still had trouble steering and controlling it.

< I tried to teach him to use this wheelchair a little better, but he really never had full grasp and control of his wheelchair, and I wasn't there for the situation. The rumor I heard that he bumped her car, I would think, you know, Frank didn't know how to control his chair. He would always go extremely slow and when he'd speed up he couldn't control it as well. >

I also spoke with Reeves' pastor at the St. Luke Baptist Church....the Rev. Marshall Stenson.

He said he plans to reach out to the family of victim Linda Hunnicutt.

But he says people should be understanding of Reeves and his family as well.

< Ask the Lord that his will be done, not our will be done, because He understand both sides of the situation, and we don't understand either side of the situation. But we just have to be sympathetic with both parties in the hope that best can come out of it rather than the worst. >

Reeves remains in custody at the Bibb County jail ...

He faces a commitment hearing on December 19th.

Thank you, Tom.

In addition to learning more about Frank Reeves' history today... We also spoke with Melissa Whisby.

... a witness who was at Murphy's express gas station Tuesday afternoon.

On Eyewitness News at Five... Whisby gave us her account... of watching Linda Hunnicutt fall to the ground.

She says she saw blood... and asked who shot Hunnicutt.

Whisby told us, Reeves confessed to shooting the woman...because he believed she tried to hit him with her car.

It's been three days since Hunnicutt's death... tonight... Her friends and family will gather to remember the 65-year old wife, mother, and

grandmother.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 tonight at Hart's Funeral Home in downtown Macon.

Romain Dallemand will keep his post as superintendent of Bibb County schools for three more years. .

The district says Dallemand signed his new contract... which runs though December 2015.

As we reported.... that contract calls for a base salary of about 198 thousand dollars a year.... with lots of benefits, including more sick leave.

Another change Includes a clause that would involve a payout... if the system dismissed him without reason before the end of his term.

In a statement... Dallemand wrote that the board's decision to keep him on....

".... demonstrates its commitment to continuous improvements that are outlined in The Macon Miracle.

Dallemand joined the Bibb County School District in January 2011....from Rochester Minnesota.

Since then...his Macon Miracle plan, implemented earlier this year, has drawn both support...and criticism...around the community.

Governor Nathan Deal...could face some challenges keeping his post... If a survey from Public Polling Policy is any indicator.

That poll pits Deal in hypothetical races against three Democrats.

In a race between Deal and Congressman John Barrow... Deal clings to a slim four percent Margin... 44 to 40.

In a face-off with Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reed, Deal leads 47 to 40.

And... The largest lead Deal has... Is in a race facing Democratic State Senator Jason Carter...by 46 to 38.

The 37-year old represents district 42...and is also the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

Deal's average lead....of 6 points... Is smaller than the average advantage of 15 points in a similar poll for Saxby Chambliss.

We reported those results on Tuesday... In set-ups against Congressmen Paul Broun and Tom Price, and former Secretary of State and candidate for Governor, Karen Handel.

In just a few minutes... the Medical Center of Central Georgia will light its Children's Tree...

Katelyn Heck is at the Medical Center waiting for the big moment.

Hey Katelyn!

There's more Eyewitness News after the break... But first... we pause to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.. which provoked the United States' entry into World War Two.

24-hundred people were killed in the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

This morning, thousands gathered there to remember and reflect.

They observed a moment of silence when the bombing began 71 years ago.

Stay with us....

Over 70 families from Robins Air Force Base will have presents under the tree and food on the table... Thanks to help from central Georgians.

Katelyn Heck spoke to people who became hometown heroes...for some American heroes.

{***VO***}

An envelope of money and a mountain of food sit in the foyer at the Macon Chamber of Commerce.

Soon... all of it will go to military families in central Georgia.

<with multiple defense cuts, defense spending budgets being shrunk every year, that means there's less coming in for our military men and women so it is the generosity of our neighbors and

It's the fifth year the chamber partnered with the Family 2 Family Foundation for the drive.

<they are serving to protect us and our country, and we are just so happy to give back to them and help their Christmas be able to be special.>

<for every family that we sponsor, we provide them with a food box to cover a full 30 day supply. So we try to make sure they have plenty of food to get them not just through Christmas day but hopefully to the end of the month and into the first of the year.>

A Hooters restaurant in Macon joined in this year... And bought presents and clothes for two military families.

They held a car show in November... That brought in over $450 dollars for the Family 2 Family program.

<it was amazing, they were all more than happy to come help and now we have toys for the kids, it's really great.>

And they only want one thing in return.

<A smile...A smile is all I want>

Family 2 Family members will deliver all of the toys and food over the next week... Just in time for the holidays.

Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ

Eyewitness News

An enlisted airman will start out making under 18-thousand dollars a year.... A starting officer will receive under 33-thousand.

To find out how you can help... Or if you're in the military and your family needs assistance... look for this story on our website... 13WMAZ-dot-com.

Time now for the moment folks at the Medical Center of Central Georgia have been waiting for.

Katelyn Heck, count us down.

You're looking a live view of the Medical Center of Central Georgia...on our alfa cam.

Earlier, Katelyn Heck gave us a look at the childrens tree inside.

That's the outside tree...over the skywalk on Pine Street.

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tonight at 11.

But remember... The news is always on at 13WMAZ.com.

The evening news is up next.

Have a safe night everyone.

 

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