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Police investigate discovery of body

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Clayton County police detectives and Crime Scene Unit technicians prepare to enter a townhome where a man with gunshot wounds was found Thursday just before noon. 

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Clayton County police detectives and Crime Scene Unit technicians prepare to enter a townhome where a man with gunshot wounds was found Thursday just before noon. 

Clayton County police continue to investigate the discovery of a body, Thursday, shortly before noon, in a townhome community just outside Jonesboro.

Officer Cemetris Williams said a 911 call for police to respond to 8564 Jamestown Way was made about 11:52 a.m. The home is part of the Jamestown Square Community, just off Thomas Road.

"The call came in as a person shot," said Williams. "Officers responded and found a deceased male with an apparent gunshot wound."

Williams was unable to release additional information, such as, in which room the body was found or who made the 911 call.

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services personnel also responded to the call about a “man with a possible gunshot,” said Battalion Chief Jacque Feilke.

Police were unable to get inside the home until a search warrant was executed about 3 p.m., said Clayton Police Officer Eddie Soto. Investigators with Clayton County Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation streamed in and out of the home for several hours.

At least one crime scene technician walked around to the back of the home carrying a measuring device. Other detectives walked from the front door around to the back while scouring the grounds for possible clues.

A black Cadillac, with Michigan license plates, sat in front of the home, both right doors opened where detectives got inside to search for information in the case.

Dozens of neighbors gathered along the sidewalk, some peppering the officers with questions. One man approached the officers, wanting to know if the man he knew to be his friend was still inside, or still alive. He was told the incident was being investigated and police could not release any information.

When the man returned to his car, he discovered he'd locked the door with his keys inside and the engine running. The man, who was not identified, made several cell phone calls while trying to figure a way back into his car. Police overheard one of those calls where he mentioned he'd been at the home the night before. Detectives were notified, and the man was questioned about information he may have about the incident.

While he talked to detectives, another officer used a device to get inside the car and open the window.

Neighbors wanted to know if the man was shot during a home invasion, if the shooting was random, or if the unknown suspect knew the victim. One woman approached Soto and said she was nervous about coming home from work later that night.

"Can I get a Clayton County police officer to meet me at home later and watch while I go inside my house?" said the woman. "I work downtown and come in late at night. This has made me very nervous."

Soto assured the woman that a police officer could meet her and make sure she got into her house safely.

Another neighbor wanted to know if the shooting was related to another shooting that happened across the parking lot last month.

"Cynthia was broken into and shot, but she didn't die," said the neighbor. "Is this related to that?"

Soto said he didn't know and had no information to release.

About three hours after detectives began a search of the victim's townhouse, a white van from Harris Ward Funeral Home arrived to pick up the body. Police said they still could not release any additional information about the shooting incident.

"We're hoping to be able to release more information tomorrow," said Officer Williams.