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Shooter on the run after killing 72-year-old

CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A killer was on the run Wednesday after he shot a 72-year-old Cordele woman in her home.

She returned from shopping and walked in on a burglar who shot her.

Before the victim died, she was able to give police information they hope will help them find the killer.

The GBI and Cordele police were still at 106 13th street S. late Wednesday processing the scene where 72-year-old Mamie Evelyn Wright was shot and killed.

"She didn't really come out like that she always stays to herself," said Shekerria Harvey, Neighbor.

Neighbors are outraged.

"It's shocking, sad," said Harvey.

Christine Jackson was a friend of the victim.

"I got a call from my cousin and they said this tragedy happened," said Jackson "we were all in the American Legion, she was a very sweet person."

After being gunned down, the elderly woman was able to call 911 and give police a few leads.

"We're looking for a black man 19 to 20 years of age about 6-feet in height wearing a red shirt and blue jeans," said Chief Dwayne Orrick, Cordele Police Department.

Wright came home from shopping, not knowing a burglar was inside.

"She heard a noise in the back of the house and the individual shot her," said Orrick.

Wright was shot three times, and died hours later at the hospital. Those who knew the victim say she didn't deserve this, they tell us she will be deeply missed.

"Like the son was telling one of the officers who would want to hurt this lady," said Orrick.

Now instead of burglary charges, the suspect will face a murder charge.

"He could be dangerous, the guy just killed somebody, he probably lives in the immediate area because the officers were there for him to be anywhere else," said Orrick.

If you know anything about the crime, call Cordele Police at (229) 276-2921.

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