A man who had been sought as a suspect in connection with a recent shooting of a 20-year-old man outside his residence in Baldwin County turned himself in to local authorities last Friday.
The man was identified as Brian Hitchcock, 19, of Gordon, according to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Capt. Brad King, who heads the criminal investigations division.
Hitchcock since has been charged with one count of aggravated assault and is being held in the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center.
Hitchcock is accused of shooting Devontae Tompkins, who sustained a gunshot wound to his lower right leg on Nov. 17.
The victim was treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Baldwin County Fire Rescue and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Services before being taken by ambulance to The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon.
“We were able early on in the investigation to establish who the suspect was in this case,” King said Monday during an interview with The Union-Recorder.
Asked what the motive was for the shooting, King said that still was unclear at this time.
“That’s still something we’re looking into at this time and trying to find out if there has been any kind of issue between the two them (victim and suspect),” King said.
Authorities said the suspect drove past the residence of the victim on the 100 block of McKinley Street and fired multiple shots from a gun.
Just before the shooting, the victim reportedly received a telephone call from someone telling him to meet someone outside, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Shawn Isley.
Tompkins was shot after he walked outside the residence.
He then managed to get back inside the residence before he fell down in a chair beside a door, the deputy said in his report.
Aside from the victim having been wounded, a 2004 Ford F-150 that had been parked in the front yard of the residence also was damaged by gunfire, as was the residence, authorities said.