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Cops: Man, 21, shot death at park: Man pistol-whips, shoots visitor in face

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A 21-year-old man was shot to death Sunday at Oakland City Park in southwest Atlanta – and police on Monday said they were still trying to determine who shot him and why.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Frances Edmonds, of Atlanta. Police said he was shot at least once in the head, according to a media report.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. at the park at 1305 Oakland Drive, according to Atlanta police. Officers responded to the location after getting a report of a person shot, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

When they arrived, they found the victim suffering from several gunshot wounds, Jones said. Edmonds was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, she said.

A friend of the victim was present and provided a statement to police, Jones said. But he could not provide any information regarding the suspects, she said.

Man Allegedly Pistol-whipped and Shot Visitor in the Face

A man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly pistol-whipping and shooting a guest in the face inside his home in Payne City. Police have said the two men were arguing, but on Monday they said they are still trying to determine what the argument was about and why the victim was visiting the suspect.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 100 block of Gardner Street, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the home after getting a report of a person shot, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Sean DeFoe said. He did not say who called 911 and it was unclear if anyone else was inside the home besides the victim and the suspect.

The victim, 34-year-old Anthony Hewitt, of Macon was visiting the suspect, 33-year-old Cedric Davis, when the two got into an argument that turned physical, DeFoe said.

During the physical altercation, Davis allegedly struck Hewitt with a gun several times in the head and face and then shot him in the face, DeFoe said. Hewitt was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia where he was listed in stable condition Monday, DeFoe said.

Davis was questioned and later charged with aggravated assault, DeFoe said. He was then transported to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center where he remained Monday on $1,520 bond.

This incident is still under investigation and anyone with any information in reference to assault is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500 and leave a message for an on-call investigator or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at (877) 682-7463.