Our top story tonight...the teen shot outside a Macon night club may have been an innocent bystander. That's according to chief of police Mike Carswell. 13WMAZ's Elise Brown was at a press conference this afternoon...where he described how and where the gunfire may have started. Elise? Carswell says a fight in side of the Zodiac Lounge was broken up by security...but a short time later there was shooting inside the club. Three people were shot.....and 17-year-old Jammoni Bland who died inside the parking deck. Police are looking for help in identifying the people in these photos. Throughout the day...family and friends gathered at Bland's home on Jones St in Macon. Family friend Courtney Ates says Bland was a good kid. his grandmother, his mother loves him dearly. He's just a great child overall. I mean we all have our faults, we all have our days. Like these last couple of months I've seen him walk up and down this street, he's been so humble, just a great kid. Ates says she's not sure what Bland was doing at the venue. Lounge Manager Kelron Howard... believes that the teenager was passing out event fliers....for something not associated with the lounge. Chief Carswell says he's not able to confirm whether or not Bland was in the club before the shooting. we have not been able to confirm whether or not Mr. Bland was inside the club prior to the shooting. As far as this being gang-related we are investigating all possibilities for a motive in this shooting. No conclusion has been reached as of yet. Again...police are asking for help in identifying these two people pictured....that were inside the lounge. If you have information please contact Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME....again that number is 1-877-68CRIME. You can also contact Detective McCulley at 478-751-7500...again 478-751-7500.
A woman's fourth of July... Violently interrupted when she was wounded by a stray bullet to the chest. Today...the Bibb County Sheriff's Office believes it may have resulted from what they call "celebratory gunfire". Tom George went back to the neighborhood where the 29 year old was hurt. You don't know where they comin' from .. I don't wanna get hit by none. Cause stray bullet can hit anybody...The holiday festivies ... Masked by caution tape on Mogul Road...The red, white and blue lights of squad cars flashing as deputies investigated a woman hit by a stray bullet. Gladys Rowe says she couldn't see the bullet coming, but it must have passed her before hitting her daughter-inlaw, 29-year old Jenni Rowe. Rowe says the family was just sitting on their porch on Fourth of July, when Jenni stood up .. That's when the bullet came out of nowhere and hit her in the chest, She's now in stable, but critical condition at the hospital. Rowe's young child was also sitting on the porch at the time...Sheriff David Davis says officers are still investigating, but they have no reason right now...to believe it was anything other than random gunfire, perhaps fired off in celebration. It's news that worries neighbors like 90-year old Ira Deshazier. I'm concerned of it becuase, anybody, I could have got hit, but I'm glad I didn't cause I wasn't up there. The shooting happened just a few days after the Bibb County Sheriff's Office issued a Fourth of July warning asking the public to "refrain from Celebratory Gunfire." calling it "not only dangerous but against the law." In Macon, Tom George, 13WMAZ. The warning from the Sheriff's office said when a gun in shot into the air, it can travel more than 200 miles per hour before hitting the ground.
Human trafficking sounds like a problem that happens somewhere else...but police and city leaders in Central Georgia have previously brought attention to the sex trade problem. And later this month...a Warner Robins coffee shop will feature a video...to show teens how to talk to themselves. We learned more about the production tonight on Eyewitness News at Five. The name of the documentary is "Chosen". It'll be featured at Bare Bulb Coffee at 7pm...on July 23rd. The event is free...and open to the public. You can call 213-5236 with questions.
Chrysler is recalling nearly half a million cars because of a problem with a safety feature found on several models. Head restraints designed to automatically move forward in rear-impact crashes to prevent neck injuries are not working properly. That's according to a news release from the company wednesday. More than 490 thousand vehicles are affected -- the bulk of the recall -- were sold in the u-s. They include certain models of the Jeep Liberty, and some Dodge, Chrysler, and Ram minivans...among others. Owners of affected models will be getting letters, but Chrysler says it knows of no injuries or accidents tied to the problem.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been receiving dialysis inside a Pretoria hospital. While he's still on life support...officials say he's receiving dialysis to treat kidney failure. National leaders also told U.S. media the anti-Apartheid icon is not in a vegetative state...that he is responding to stimuli... and his eyes open when people talk to him. The South African government says Mandela remains in critical condition. He's been hospitalized for the past month with a recurring lung infection.
During summer months... the American Red Cross suffers from a lack of donations. Now you can help save a life by donating blood this weekend. Trucks like this one will be at two locations in central Georgia tomorrow. Red Cross representatives have set a goal of drawing 24 hundred pints of blood for this area. Right now, they are 400 pints short of reaching that goal. Tomorrow... you can stop by the Galleria Mall in Centerville... or the Milledgeville Mall... From noon until 5 p.m. Macon donors can go to the blood donation center on Bloomfield Road... from noon until 5.
The whereabouts of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy remain a mystery tonight. Meanwhile, morsy supporters are protesting his removal from office by the military. Tents are set up in tahrir square, the hub of opposition protests which ultimately led to Morsy's removal this week. It's where, just days ago, the opposition first learned of and then cheered the military coup. Egypt moved quickly to put an interim president in power. On Thursday, the head of the country's supreme constitutional court, Adly Mansour was sworn in as interim leader.
Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president...making his departure from office a major development for that nation. But you may be wondering why the story is important for us here in the United States... There are at least five reasons why we're paying attention to the turmoil in the North African country. First... Egypt is considered one of the most important and influential nation in the Arab world. Arab countries are a major source of oil for the United States... And any turmoil in Egypt... Will send instability into the American market. The second reason is how the country can affect other markets. Egypt controls the Suez Canal... an important shipping route between Africa and Asia. The third reason is U-S diplomacy in the middle East. Egypt's peace treaty with Israel is a key in maintaining peace in the region. Reason number four... America continues the fight against terrorism... And the youth unemployment rate in Egypt is high. The U-S is concerned over the poor economy there... Because it can become a breeding ground for terrorists. And reason number five... The U-S sends Egypt 1 point 5 billion dollars in foreign aid each year. The african union has suspended Egypt's membership since Morsi's ouster. The union usually suspends countries where a military coup has occurred.