July 9, 2014 10:52:25 AM
The Columbus man who was shot in a Sunday morning robbery has died.
Quinton Hill, 31, died 3:19 p.m. Tuesday at University Medical Center in Jackson, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.
Merchant is declining to release an official cause of death until an autopsy is performed.
Hill was shot in the process of a robbery early Sunday morning.
Hill and another man were inside Hill's home at 2002 4th Avenue S., when an unknown black male came to the door. Police say the man shot through the door, striking Hill in the face. The assailant then made his way inside the home and approached the second man who had been sleeping on the couch. The alleged attacker demanded, "give me all your money" and left with the wallets of both victims. The second victim was unharmed in the incident.
The shooter has been described as a black male. The uninjured victim told investigators the robber was wearing a shirt or a towel over his face.
This morning, Columbus Police Department Investigations Commander Captain Brent Swan said investigators are currently searching for a suspect. Swan declined to release further details, citing an ongoing investigation.
Hours after his friends learned of his death, Hill's Facebook page was filled with comments.
"You must have had work to do elsewhere man, I'll always love you and miss you," one friend wrote. Another added, "Thank you for being such a caring man in this world. You helped make it a more beautiful place."
Friends on his page identified him as a former cook at the Front Door/Back Door restaurant in Columbus and the father of a young girl.
As of press time, Merchant did not know funeral arrangements.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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