The Macon Telegraph reports it was going on 1:30 Thursday afternoon and her congregation had just raised $25 for a neighborhood woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Powell was about to march down First Street and present the offering.
But, she says, some young men who live nearby in the eastern Twiggs County town of about 350 showed up outside. Powell says they confronted her two grandsons as 15 or so churchgoers, some toting babies, were heading home for turkey dinner.
Then ... gunshots.
“It was worser than the Wild West,” a woman in her 50s who lives up the street recalled Friday. “Sounded like bombs going off.”