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Suspect Accused of Killing Three in Shooting Spree Surrenders at Church

July 1, 1996

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ A gunman entered a man’s home and shot him dead, then walked out to a busy intersection, flagged down cars and killed two others, including a toddler, police said.

Michael Nikeith Miles surrendered to a clergyman in his hometown of Phenix City, Ala., after Sunday’s shooting. Miles waived extradition and was sent back to Columbus, where he was held without bond today.

The gunman entered the home of Deandre Holland in south Columbus shortly Sunday and shot Holland in the head, police said. He then went outside, firing at cars.

Motorist Michel Mire, 45, died from a gunshot to the head.

Jacob Lott, 1 1/2, was killed. His father, Timothy Lott, and two brothers, 9-year-old Mark and 4-year-old John, were wounded. Timothy and Mark Lott were in satisfactory condition after surgery at Columbus Medical Center. John Lott was in critical condition.

A third driver, Dennis Jackson, 37, was listed in unsatisfactory condition at the Columbus hospital early today.

``I heard some pops and I saw a man walk out of Deandre’s house,″ said one of Holland’s neighbors, Mary Wilkerson. ``He walked into the middle of the street and began shooting randomly at the cars.″

After the shootings, Lott drove the family’s pickup truck to a nearby convenience store.

``He came into the store and was yelling, `Help me my child is dead,‴ store manager Sheila Delk said.

Ms. Delk said went outside to the car and saw Mrs. Lott holding the limp body of her son. ``She told me, `This one is dead. Help the one in the back seat.″

Columbus police Maj. Wesley Mott said after the shootings, the gunman broke into a nearby home, left with the occupant’s car keys and drove across the Chattahoochee River to Phenix City.

Sanford and Ruby Talley said the gunman came to their home.

``He just walked in with his gun pointed at us,″ Ruby Talley said. ``He said, `Give me the keys to the truck and I won’t shoot nobody.‴

Sanford Talley said he gave the keys to the suspect. ``He told me that he just shot five people and I told him he will never get away.″

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