A woman and man are dead following a double-shooting outside a residence on West Mitchell Street in Milledgeville, local and state authorities say.
The shooting happened shortly before noon Wednesday, just a short time after police received a 911 call from the woman indicating she was being harassed by her boyfriend.
The victims, who reportedly had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, died a minute apart after being taken to the emergency room of Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville.
Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez identified the victims of the shooting as Tameka Justice, 33, and Randall Wilson, 31, both of Milledgeville.
Wilson was pronounced dead at 12:07 p.m., while Justice was pronounced dead at 12:08 p.m., Gonzalez said in a telephone interview with The Union-Recorder.
Both victims sustained gunshot wounds, according to Baldwin County Chief Deputy Coroner Ken Garland, who also is working the case.
Autopsies are expected to be performed Thursday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Macon to determine the exact cause of both deaths, Gonzalez said.
Milledgeville Police Department Maj. Michael Hudson, who heads the criminal investigations division, told the newspaper at the scene of the shooting that it appeared it was a murder-suicide case.
At the time, both victims were in critical condition when they left the scene en route to the local hospital, Hudson said.
“We’re going to turn over the investigation to the GBI,” Hudson said, noting police officers and detectives would assist them.
Milledgeville Police Department Maj. John Davis said the shooting happened outside a white wood-frame house, where Justice reportedly lived.
Special Agent Joshua Ayer, who is the assistant agent-in-charge of the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville, said in a press release that officers with the Milledgeville Police Department answered a 911 call that was made from a residence in the 300 block of West Mitchell Street before the shooting.
“The female caller, later identified as Tameka Justice, indicated that she was being harassed by her boyfriend,” Ayer said in the press release. “Once police arrived, Randall Wilson, shot Justice multiple times and then shot himself.”
The police officers at the scene immediately rendered first aid to the gunshot victims, Ayer said.
Officers received immediate backup from other police officers and city police detectives, as well as deputies and detectives from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
Ayer said the investigation remains active and ongoing.
The GBI also is seeking the public’s help.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173.