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18-year-old identified as victim of fatal shooting in Columbus

Updated - The coroner identified the deceased victim as 18-year-old Xavier Dora.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 9:45 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2019 6:38 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Columbus Police confirm a shooting victim from Thursday has died.

The shooting happened in an abandoned house near the intersection of 17th Street and 5th Avenue South at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound there.

While investigating the shooting, another victim walked into the local emergency room with a gunshot wound, Police Chief Fred Shelton said.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant identified Xavier Dora, 18, as the deceased victim. He died in surgery.

Authorities have not indicated if Dora was the victim who was found at the scene or if he was the victim who went to the ER.

The other unnamed shooting victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

At least five people were inside the abandoned house, the Police chief said, and investigators believe they were engaging in some type of illegal activity.

“An argument broke out inside the house and that is when the shooting occurred,” he said.

Police are looking to question several persons of interest.

With the investigation in its early stages, Police are not releasing many details at this time, Shelton said.

Anyone with information can call the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.

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