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Suspect arrested in Georgia basketball player's shooting death

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ATLANTA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Police arrested one man and searched for a second suspect on Wednesday in the killing of a Mercer University basketball player who was gunned down in a convenience store parking lot in Macon, Georgia.

Jibri Bryan, 23, was shot in the head about 4 p.m. on Tuesday near a busy intersection, said Lieutenant Randy Gonzalez of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. He was found sitting in the driver's seat of a late-model Chevrolet.

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RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21: Jibri Bryan #34 and Ike Nwamu #10 of the Mercer Bears celebrate with teammates after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 78-71 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 23: Bud Thomas #5, Jakob Gollon #20, Phillip Leonard #1 and Jibri Bryan #34 of the Mercer Bears look on from the bench late in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 23, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21: Jibri Bryan #34 of the Mercer Bears and Amile Jefferson #21 of the Duke Blue Devils battle for a rebound in the first half in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 23: Jibri Bryan #34 of the Mercer Bears goes for a loose ball against Antonio Barton #2 and Josh Richardson #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 23, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21: Jibri Bryan #34 of the Mercer Bears celebrates with teammates after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 78-71 during the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Witnesses said two men drove up beside Bryan and got out of their car, police said. The shooter stood next to Bryan and the second man went to the other side of the car, where he was wounded in the line of fire after Bryan was shot in the head, according to police.

Police said Jarvis Clinton Miller, 24, the wounded suspect, ran from the scene but was found nearby. He was charged with felony murder on Wednesday, and witnesses told police he was also armed.

Miller was in stable condition at a hospital. The suspected shooter has not been apprehended, Gonzalez said. Police did not release a possible motive.

Bryan, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Savannah, Georgia, started each of the Mercer Bears' 35 games in 2014-15, according to a biography on the team's website. In the current 2015-16 season he was bothered by a knee injury and had played in only six games, the Macon Telegraph newspaper said.

He graduated with a degree in accounting and was pursuing a master's degree in business, it said.

"He was important to us in every way," the team's basketball coach, Bob Hoffman, said in a statement. "I loved and cared about him from the first time he was on campus."


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