Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells 41NBC they were found shot in a car behind a house at 3365 Fairburn Avenue in Macon. He tells us Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley pronounced them dead on the scene.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s office is investigating this case as a double homicide.
Michelle Marshall was in the right place at the right time.
"It did frighten me," said Marshall. "I’m like this: Everyone should watch out for everybody….so when I heard shots, I immediately called the police."
Marshall was visiting with family at her mother’s house on Fairburn Avenue Thursday morning when she heard gunshots.
"I came home just to visit and was up late that night and just happened to hear the shots," said Marshall.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones confirms 23-year-old Arika Garrell and 32-year-old Ralph Heard were pronounced dead at the scene.
"I’m really devastated by it," said Marshall. "I’m saddened that it did happen."
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says a relative found the victims behind this house on Fairburn Avenue.
They were in a car.
"Looks like they could possibly have been ambushed as they came into the backyard there," said Sheriff Davis.
Both were shot multiple times.
"It looks like they were both in the vehicle when the gunshots started, and that’s where they passed away," said Sheriff Davis.
Marshall says crimes like this don’t happen often in this neighborhood.
"I was really shocked by knowing this was so close to home," said Marshall. "You see it on TV all the time, but just knowing it was actually in this neighborhood–I am shocked."
Shocked or not, Sheriff Davis says the former Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy did what any neighbor should do.
"Well, it’s always important that if they hear something or see something suspicious or if they hear anything, especially gunshots, to call law enforcement to follow up on it," said Sheriff Davis.
The sheriff says he doesn’t believe this a murder-suicide.
He adds investigators are going door-to-door here in the neighborhood interviewing people in hopes of finding answers.
If you have any information about this case, call the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 751-7500.