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Sunday shootings greet Albany

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Sunday raged with violence on the south side as gunfire killed two people in unrelated homicides.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at 1:38 a.m. Sunday to find Natalie Eppler wounded by gunfire at 2205 W. Gordon Ave., stated an Albany Police Department report.

Eppler, 23, "was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital where she died of her head wound at about 2:44 a.m.," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Police put the victim's husband James M. Eppler, 25, in Dougherty County Jail charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, a jail spokeswoman said.

Nearly 8 miles east from the Gordon Avenue crime scene at the 431 S. Mock Road Splash-N-Dash car wash police rolled up at about 11:30 a.m. to find the second gunshot victim's body.

Nineteen-year-old Robert Purvis lay dead in a car-wash stall when police arrived. Police held a white sheet around Purvis to prevent people gawking while they examined the body.

Investigators said they were looking for Brian Alexander Beasley, a black man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 196 pounds, in connection with the homicide. He had possibly stolen the victim's red 2001 Pontiac Sunfire and driven away before their arrival.

There was what appeared to be a burgundy Saturn sitting in the wash bay behind Purvis' body. Banks said she didn't know who the car belonged to, but officers were running down its tag number.

"Officers are interviewing witnesses at the Law Enforcement Center," Banks said. "They are searching for the suspect in the Sunfire."