The man who surrendered Thursday in a shooting that killed a mother and critically wounded her 2-year-old daughter was not the person who carried out the cold-blooded attack, according to Macon police.
Shakema Dickson, 30, and her daughter, Korri, were shot multiple times at their home Thursday afternoon on Pio Nono Circle in Macon.
Detectives with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said Dickson was trying to protect her daughter when the gunfire began.
A witness near the scene said he heard at least six shots.
Both victims were taken to Navicent Health Medical Center in Macon.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Dickson died from her injuries just after 3 p.m. Thursday.
Later in the day, investigators questioned 19-year-old Darrell Dexter Solomon for several hours after he turned himself in at 5:30 p.m. and “determined that he was not the person who shot the victims,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Police have not explained Solomon's relationship to the victims, nor why he was initially considered a suspect. Since Solomon's release, police have made no other arrests and have not offered a motive for the shooting.
The sheriff's office initially reported that an argument had escalated inside Dickson's home shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday.
But by Friday, police had identified a new suspect: a man who was caught on security cameras walking near the scene of the shooting. Still pictures released to the media from surveillance footage show the suspect dressed in a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
The 2-year-old girl’s condition has since been downgraded from critical to stable.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information should contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
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