Teen shot lifeless in a house in Columbus, GA, coroner says


A teenager shot dead in a residence just four blocks west of Columbus’ Lakebottom Park marks the ninth murder in the city that year.

Assistant Medical Examiner Elizabeth Allison pronounced 19-year-old Jaylan Dobbins dead from multiple gunshot wounds at 12:43 a.m.

Dobbins was in a house on 1402 16th Street, Coroner Buddy Bryan said. It wasn’t Dobbins’ home address, said Bryan.

Police in Columbus said officers were called to a shooting there at 12:12 p.m. and paramedics tried to resuscitate Dobbins before he died.

They notified Allison at 12:25 a.m., Bryan said.

The police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact Detective Zach Cole at 706-225-4295 or [email protected].

Dobbins’ death is the third murder reported by Columbus that first week of February. The city had six in January.

Tim Chitwood is from Seale, Ala., And began working as a police reporter with Ledger Enquirer in 1982. Since then, he has covered Columbus’ serial killings and other murders, some from the scene to court judgments and subsequent appeals. He’s also been a Ledger Enquirer humor columnist since 1987. He is a graduate of Auburn University and began his work for the weekly Phenix Citizen in Phenix City, Ala.