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CPD says there could be up to 50 witnesses to Sunday morning murder


3:30 P.M. -- Columbus police say there could be anywhere between 40 to 50 witnesses to an early Sunday morning shooting that left one man dead. The problem, is encouraging them to come forward.

CPD asks you to please come forward if you have any information on the shooting of 21-year-old Cody Mathis. Police say Mathis was shot during an "altercation" that led to shots fired at a party on 51st Avenue.

As News 3 reported, Mathis was driven to Midtown Medical Center shortly after the shooting around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Police now confirm the driver and passenger who brought Mathis to the ER ran away after dropping him off.

Mathis later succumbed to his injures and was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m.

Police now ask anyone who can assist in the investigation to call Cpl. Katina Williams at 706-225-4434 or email to


COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus Police are narrowing down a long list of possible witnesses to a shooting that happened early Sunday morning.

Muscogee County Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley tells News 3 Cody Mathis was shot around 4:30 a.m. early Sunday morning. Worley says the shooting happened on 51st St. between the intersection of Hamilton Rd. and 15th Ave. This is located right off Veterans Parkway. Stray bullets also did damage to a nearby house and car.

Worley says a friend brought 21-year-old Mathis to Midtown Medical Center. Mathis was officially pronounced dead around 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

Lt. Greg Touchberry with the Columbus Police Department says dozens of people were believed to have been on the scene during the shooting. However, many had dispersed and have not given police much information.

Lt. Touchberry says coming forward could spark a lead in solving the case. He advises people to call 706-653-3400 with more information related to this case.

"I do not think this was an accident or they did this to themselves," Touchberry said. "So right off the bat, there's no question. The billion dollar question is who?"

Mathis's body will go to Atlanta for an autopsy. Worley says this marks the 23rd homicide in Muscogee County in 2017. Last year, the county had a total of 28 homicides.

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