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Police Say Robbery was Motive in East Macon Shooting

Macon police say robbery was apparently the motive in Wednesday's fatal East Macon shooting.

In a news release, police say they found large amounts of alcohol and a small amount of drugs at the 665 Peachtree St. home where Antonio Middlebrooks was killed.

Police say they're still investigating and interviewing witnesses in the case.

They say 911 received a call just after 10:20 a.m. Wednesday  More than a dozen investigators responded to the scene.  

Jones says Middlebrooks was shot multiple times in his upper  body and died on the scene.  Capt. Jimmy Barbee says the mother was in the back part of the home when the shooting happened.    

Police Chief Mike Burns says the victim lived with his mother at the Peachtree Street home.  He said evidence in the home may lead them to the motive but said they are still processing the scene.  Burns said the shooter did not appear to have broken in.

Friends say Middlebrooks nickname was "Noody."  They say he was a native of Jones County and moved to the Peachtree Street home several years ago. 

Family members say he had a heart condition and was on a disability.  Prior to that, they say he worked in construction.   

Talisa Barnes says Middlebooks was her cousin.  She describes him as a fun-loving spirit.

"He was just a guy who loved to crack jokes, loved to cook out, play cards... just a laid-back guy," said Barnes.  "We don't know why anyone would do this." 

It's the city's second homicide in two days and the 15th of the year, according to Jones.



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