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Man killed in south Columbus shooting was targeted months ago, neighbors say

Gerald Talley, 63, was shot and killed inside his south Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Neighbors say the man killed in his south Columbus home Monday felt like he was becoming a target several months ago.

Gerald Talley, 63, was shot and killed when police said two people fired a series of shots at his side door.

Police said Talley was walking up the stairs at the time, on the other side of that door. While the gunmen ran, neighbors and Talley’s tenants came to his aid and performed CPR. Despite the efforts, Talley died at the scene.

Neighbors said Talley wanted to install surveillance cameras around his home after two strange men pulled up to his driveway two months ago. The landlord, who was trying to revitalize the area, felt the two strangers were there to rob him, but left when they saw he was home.

Some of Talley’s neighbors are also buying up properties in the area, which they said are starting to increase in value. They now fear they’ll also become a target as they feel that was part of the motive.

Along with owning multiple properties, Talley also worked at Saint Vincent’s Family Center, which provides education and mental health treatment for kids ages five through 12.

The CEO there told ABC 6/FOX 28 that Talley was like a grandfather to the children, who found out about his death Tuesday.

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