Shooting inquiry continues

ALBANY, Ga. — The investigation into Monday's Dougherty County shooting at Paradise Village continues.

Robbers shot a man, later identified as Augustin Cobrera-Lopez, in the head Monday afternoon while he prepared dinner on a grill behind his residence in Paradise Village on the 600 block of Holly Drive Monday afternoon, Dougherty County Police Department officials said.

Capt. Jim Sexton said, based on witness accounts, that Cobrera-Lopez, 45, was shot during a robbery attempt.

“We are following up on leads, but we have no new information (on the case),” Sexton said Tuesday afternoon.

Officials earlier indicated that he had been taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment. A hospital spokeswoman said Phoebe did not have a patient by that name.

Sexton initially said that the two suspects, described as black men, drove away in a blue, small, two-door car with a hubcap missing from one wheel. Officials now say that it may have been a four-door vehicle.

The shooter was said to be wearing a brown jacket or hoodie over a black shirt and blue jeans. The other man wore a white T-shirt and orange sweat pants. The men were described as being about 5-feet-9-inches tall.

Translating for Saul Gomes, a witness to the shooting, Manuel Gonzalez said from the scene Monday the two assailants approached the victim in a friendly manner, asking where they could buy beer.

“Then they asked for money,” Gonzalez said. “When they got none they shot him in the head, above his eye. He didn’t fall down. But there was a lot of blood. The robbers got scared and ran away.”

Sexton said that the victim had been shot near his right eye, and while it was not immediately clear whether he would lose the eye, he was expected to recover.

Anyone with additional information on the incident should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or the Dougherty County Police at (229) 430-6600.