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Families, Witnesses Torn Over Waffle House Shooting

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Witnesses and family members of both the accused and the victim are speaking up about the deadly shooting at a Waffle House in west Macon early Sunday morning.

Christopher Crowder was shot to death at the diner on Chambers Road.

Witnesses say an argument in the parking lot led to a shootout.

And two sisters were in the middle of the confrontation.

"We decided we were going to leave and you hear a guy say, 'Well, I'm about to go get my piece,'" says 18-year-old Katrina Wortherly.

Wortherly and her sister Geneva saw the argument unfold. Geneva said: "My boyfriend overheard them arguing over $20 worth of weed."

Both witnesses say Ashley Brown had a gun and started the fight that led to the death of Christopher Crowder and the wounding of two others.

"Chris looked like he says some words and the next thing you know, he gets shot," Katrina says.

But when 13WMAZ's Judy Le showed the Wortherlys a picture of Brown on her phone, they said it was another man who pulled the trigger.

"He (Brown) was going to walk into the Waffle House with his gun, and a young man in a white shirt decided he was going to wrestle it out of his hand," says Geneva.

Macon Police identified Brown as one of two suspects in the shootings. Police have not identified the other suspect.

Police issued a warrant for Brown on charges of murder and two counts of aggravated assault and are looking for the second suspect.

MORE: Police release additional photo of suspect

One man is hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds in the pelvic area. A woman was grazed by a bullet.

When news spread of Crowder's death and Brown's suspected involvement, both families were shocked.

"This weekend he was supposed to paint his mother's house, but he didn't get to do that. Somebody decided that he wasn't going to do that," Virginia Crowder says of her grandson.

Jimmy Coleman, Christopher's great-uncle says, "To wake up and find out that he's no longer here because of something, in my opinion is senseless, is mind-boggling."

Over on the east side of Macon, Chris Hill stands by Brown's innocence "because he's my cousin. I mean, I grew up with him. I don't think he would do anything like that."

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.


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