<Cheryl Davis, Sister of Sammie Davis Jr: If something happened up there today, I'm bewildered as to why somebody would shoot my brother in his chest three times. >
That's the voice of the sister of a Macon man who died this afternoon... after police say, an officer shot him outside a Kroger store.
Good evening, and thanks for joining us.
I'm Leah Johnson.
Frank Malloy has the night off.
The man who died is identified as 49-year-old Sammie Davis Jr.
Police say they were trying to serve a warrant and that Officer Clayton Sutton fired the shot that killed Davis.
Sutton is now on administrative leave, a regular procedure for police during an investigation.
Austin Lewis spoke with the Davis family about the shooting.
His sister, Cheryl said she was too upset to go on camera, but she did let us record her voice.
She described the man that friends and family called "Junebug" as kind and gentle ... and said, she didn't understand what could have happened.
The Kroger off Pio Nono was a second home to Sammie Davis, Jr...so the phone call from a manager to his sister was something she never expected.
<Cheryl Davis, Sister of Sammie Davis Jr: I got a call from someone there telling me that my brother had been in an altercation with the police and that he had been shot>
It was at the hospital when she found out how serious it was.
<Cheryl Davis, Sister of Sammie Davis Jr: The doctor came in and told us that he had been shot three times in the chest and um they did everything they could to revive him but his heart...his heart wasn't able to, he wasn't able to survive the wounds. >
She says that the death of their parents...made him become a more withdrawn person.
Sammie lived with her...and she says he would ask for money outside that Kroger...but she didn't know why.
<Cheryl Davis, Sister of Sammie Davis Jr: when I got up this morning to fix him breakfast he was already gone and he always joked that he goes to Kroger like he's going to work and I was like how could he sit out there all day long but he did ask people for money he didn't have to>
She also describes her brother as a kind and gentle person who wasn't capable of violence.
<Cheryl Davis, Sister of Sammie Davis Jr:But I just can not see Junebug fighting anybody, I can't see him provoking this kind of violence where he has to lose his life over what in the hell could he have been doing at Kroger to make him die today. > She says she wants Macon Police to give her answers about why her brother was shot.
<Cheryl Davis, Sister of Sammie Davis Jr: this is just like shooting a child to me. >
Officer Clayton Sutton is stationed at precinct three. He's been with the Macon Police Department for six and a half years.
A news release from spokesperson Jami Gaudet says, he's now on administrative leave.
That's standard procedure for Macon P.D. When an officer is involved in an investigation like this.
We asked for a chance to talk with Chief Mike Burns... but Gaudet told us, he won't be commenting on the case until the investigation is complete.
Not only is the National Rifle Association pushing back on gun control... the group is also calling for armed guards in schools.
At a press conference today in Washington, Wayne LaPierre, gave the NRA's first public statement since last week's school shooting left 27 people dead.
He described a proposal for a program called the National School Shield Emergency Response.
It would involve trained guards... teacher and student education...and better building security.
LaPierre says the no-gun policies at schools place children at risk.
<"For all noise and anger directed at us over past week, no one, nobody has addressed the most important pressing and immediate question we face... 'how do we protect our children right now? Starting today.'" >
Gun control advocates were quick to respond... calling the NRA's statements a distraction from real public safety issues.
< It's a distraction from the availability of military-style assault weapons on our streets, in our schools, used at malls, used at workplaces, used at movie theaters. And they allow for much death and destruction. It's a distraction from the prevalence of large ammunition feeding devices that allow shooters to expel 20, 30, 60, 100 and even more bullets. And it's a distraction from how easy it is to purchase weapons from gun shows with no background checks at all. >
That was Senator Diane Feinstein, a Democrat from California.
She says she plans to introduce legislation to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.
The White House said... the president supports that effort.
An Eatonton police officer and his wife face felony charges tonight... accused of stealing thousands of dollars from people who payed their monument company for gravestones.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says
[<39 year old Clint Steve Perrin and 34-year-old Michelle Perrin were arrested yesterday.
He said at least four people paid the couple between May and September, expecting headstones to be placed at loved one's graves.
Instead... they got nothing.
One other person has filed a complaint, according to Sills... and more charges may be on the way.
Sills says Perrin Monuments was a side business, and that their work had nothing to do with Steve Perrin's role at the Police Department.
The Commerce Department says Americans earned more, spent more, and saved more in November.
A new report says personal income rose six-tenths of a percent... and spending jumped point-four-percent.
The Commerce Department adds, the savings rate nudged up to 3.6-percent, from October's 3.4-percent.
The encouraging news is partly due to Hurricane Sandy, which brought down income and spending levels in October.
Despite that, the numbers are even higher than economists had forecasted.
So are you part of that percent... that shopped in November... Or do you still have a few presents left on your list?
On 13WMAZ-dot-com today...we asked if you've finished your Christmas Shopping.
So far... 55 percent of you say yes.
45 percent of you...still have some work to do.
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Look for the question on the right side of the homepage.
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When we return.. The Ocmulgee indian mounds mark a milestone.
Find out why some of this morning's visitors were so special.
Stay with us.
Before Macon... even before the United States existed... the Ocmulgee Monument was home to Native communities ... And since becoming a national park in the 1930's, millions have visited to soak up the history
And today... A milestone.
Tom George was on hand this morning for the 7 millionth visitor...
When Denise and Chris Bailey of Athens walked into the visitors Center at the Ocmulgee National Monument Friday morning ... They knew they'd get to SEE history.
But what they didn't know, it's they'd also be MAKING it
< Youre the 7 millionth visitor yaya>
The Baileys, who say they aren't usually fans of the spotlight
< I almost turned around and left when I saw the cameras... >
got the celebrity treatment ... greeted by gifts from the Macon Visitors Bureau, taking pictures.. And of course signing the guestbook with the big milestone number.
<officials have been keeping track of the number of people to walk through the monuments ever since it was opened to the public back in 1936. Their last major milestone was back in 2004 when they hit 6 million. >
< In fact I also had my ranger look in the book for me this week and so far this we've had 49 states, we didn't hit South Dakota this year, but still have a couple weeks to hit that, and we've also had 39 foreign countries so far. >
All coming to to see the famous Native American mounds that remain Macon's biggest attraction.
<until they see it firsthand you don't have a real personal understanding until you can see it and experience it.>
An experience enjoyed by millions...
<she made it in the door first, so she was 7 million, I was 7 million 1...>
with millions more to come.
In Macon, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Superintendent Jim David says they hope to reach 8 million even faster than the 8 years it took to go from 6 to 7 million.
If you need a break from the holiday hustle.. and the chill this weekend, why not check out a movie?
Here's a look at three new releases might offer the distraction you're looking for.
We first met Pete and Debbie, played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, in "knocked Up".
"this is 40" checks in a few years later, to see how they're juggling marriage, careers, and kids.
Watch their relationship re-boot unfold...with this Judd Apatow film, rated R.
Tom Cruise plays an elusive homicide investigator... called in to hunt for a sniper.
In "jack Reacher"... he sets out to prove the man in custody is a cold-blooded killer... but ends up uncovering much more.
"jack Reacher" is rated PG-13.
In "the Guilt Trip", Seth Rogan plays a traveling salesman who takes his mom, played by Barbra Streisand, on a cross-country road trip.
It turns into the adventure of a lifetime for mother and son.
"the Guilt Trip" is also rated PG-13.
For decades, NORAD has had the inside scoop on track Santa's journey from the North Pole and across the globe.
But this year, a tech giant is getting in on the action too.
Karin Caifa (prono: KAY-fuh) shows us the multiple ways to track Santa with your smartphone.
IT'S A CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITION. THE NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE COMMAND - OR NORAD - HAS BEEN TRACKING SANTA'S TREK SINCE 1955, WHEN A STORE ADVERTISEMENT MISPRINTED A PHONE NUMBER FOR A PRIVATE LINE TO SANTA AND NORAD'S PREDECESSOR GOT THE CALLS INSTEAD.
AS TECHNOLOGY HAS EVOLVED SO HAS THE WAY KIDS KEEP TABS ON MISTER CLAUS. FIRST PHONE CALLS, THEN THE WEB...
It looks like it's going to be another successful journey thanks to NORAD.
NOW THERE'S NORAD SANTA TRACKER APPS FOR IPHONE, ANDROID AND WINDOWS PHONE USERS, AND SLEIGH WATCHERS CAN ALSO KEEP UP ON BING MAPS OR ON TWITTER, AT NORAD SANTA.
NORAD HAD BEEN TRACKING SANTA WITH GOOGLE EARTH SINCE 2004, BUT THIS YEAR THE TWO ENTITIES WENT SEPARATE WAYS.
NORAD'S TEAMED WITH MICROSOFT, AND GOOGLE HAS SET UP A TOOL OF THEIR OWN...
GOOGLE'S SANTA TRACKER HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTING NORTH POLE PREPS IN THE LEAD-UP TO CHRISTMAS. AND IN HIS SPARE TIME, SANTA'S BEEN MAKING PHONE CALLS TO GOOD GIRLS AND BOYS, AND SENDING MESSAGES VIA HIS GOOGLE PLUS PAGE.
ON THE BIG NIGHT, KIDS OF ALL AGES CAN WATCH SANTA HOP FROM CONTINENT TO CONTINENT WITH GOOGLE MAPS AND GOOGLE EARTH. THOSE OUT DOING LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING CAN FOLLOW ALONG WITH THEIR SMARTPHONE APP FOR ANDROID. >
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As for us, that's all the time we have for Eyewitness News at Eleven...but weekend morning starts at 7a.m.
Have a great night everyone.