UPDATE 5:00 p.m. 12/06/21: The Columbus Police Department is asking anyone with information relating to this case to contact Detective Hayes via phone at 706-225-4268 or e-mail at shayes@columbusga.org.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous is asked to contact via phone at 706-653-3188 or by texting the phrase “VACS” with any additional information to 274637.


UPDATE 1:18 p.m. 12/06/21: Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton confirms to News 3 the victim is 45 year-old male, Amit Kumar Patel. Newton confirms Patel is the owner of the Chevron Gas station at the corner of Steam Mill Road and Buena Vista Road.

Newton said Patel is the victim of a robbery and was gunned down right outside of the entrance to Synovus bank located on the 4500 block of Buena Vista Road. According to the coroner the shooter did obtain the deposit Patel had on him. His death has been ruled a homicide and an investigation is underway. Newton confirms this is Columbus’s 65th homicide this year.


UPDATE 11:20 a.m. 12/06/21: Columbus Police are investigating a shooting that happened a Buena Vista Road bank, Police Chief Freddie Blackmon tells News 3.

It is at a Synovus Bank branch in the 4500 block of Buena Vista Road. Blackmon did not release any further details, only confirmed it is an ongoing investigation.


UPDATE 11:03 a.m. 12/06/21: Muscogee County Coroner Charles Newton confirms one death at the scene, the family has not been notified so no additional information is available at this time.

At least five evidence markers have been placed so far, News 3 will continue to gather more details.


COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Synovus on Buena Vista Road is currently surrounded by crime scene tape.

Columbus Police, Fire and EMS, and the coroner have been called to the scene.

Nothing has been confirmed at this time, a reporter is at Synovus currently working to gather more details.