Police are investigating a homicide in south Columbus.
Officers responded at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday to a report of a black male lying on the ground near apartments at the intersection of 11th Street and 11th Avenue South, according to a Columbus Police Department press release.
The deceased victim had suffered a gunshot wound, police said.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant identified the deceased as Walter James Kyles, 56, of Columbus. Kyles body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy, Merchant said.
Police Chief Fred Shelton said the apparent homicide was “not random.” Police have not made an arrest.
“At this time we are developing suspects in the case, but it is certainly not a random crime,” Shelton said. “It is early in the investigation, but we believe the victim and the person that did this had contact before the incident.”