With GBI update: Americus murders may stem from robbery

With GBI update: Americus murders may stem from robbery

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The Sumter County Coroner has confirmed two people have been killed, and three others injured in a shooting at a home in Americus about midnight.

Sheriff Pete Smith said it looks like it was a gambling incident that turned into a robbery, and then the shooting happened.

Late Tuesday, the GBI issued this release-

A joint investigation by the Americus office of the GBI, the Americus Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office into a fatal shooting incident occurring overnight at 104 Price Street, Americus, Georgia, is ongoing.

The incident resulted in the deaths of two individuals and serious gunshot injuries to three others. The decedents are identified as Marcus Harper, 32, of Americus and Martin Thames, 36, of Columbus, Georgia.

Also shot during the course of the incident were Jermaine Taylor, 40, of Columbus, Chris Lembrick, 31, of Americus, and Morrice Williams, 31, of Americus.

Taylor remains in critical condition at the Macon Medical Center. Lembrick and Williams were both treated at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center and released.

The investigation into the matter is still ongoing with multiple crime scenes being conducted and numerous witnesses being interviewed.

Earlier, the Americus Police Department released this update- 

"The Americus Police Department responded to the Price Street area reference to suspicious activity at 23:23 hours. The investigation of suspicious activity led to the investigation of a murder and aggravated assault at 104 Price Street. The investigation revealed five individuals had been shot. Two individuals are deceased. Three others were transported to Phoebe Sumter, two were released and one was transported to Macon in critical conditions."

"No names are being released at this time, further information will be released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who is the lead investigating agency. Special thanks to the Sumter County Sheriff Office, the Georgia State Patrol and any other agencies that rendered assistance."

GBI, Americus Police, Sumter County Sheriff's and Georgia State Patrol surrounded and taped off a home in the 100 block of Price Street early Tuesday morning following the deadly shooting.

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