Argument led to ex-high school football standout’s fatal shooting, police say

With no suspects, Clayton County police released more details Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a former Mundy’s Mill High School quarterback with hopes of garnering new leads.

Rodricous Gates Jr., 20, was killed Sunday night at the Hampton Downs Apartments on Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. Gates was found face down in a parking lot at the complex.

“The preliminary investigation uncovered evidence that indicates that Gates was involved in a dispute ... with an unknown person behind building number 6, which is where the shooting appears to have taken place,” Marbury said.

Gates ran to the front of building 8, where he collapsed and died, police said.

Police do not know what led to the argument and are continuing their investigation.

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