Man shoots acquaintance along busy Rome road, police say

Rome police are searching for a man they say shot an acquaintance in broad daylight on a busy road following a dispute inside a gas station Wednesday afternoon.

Patrick Cortez Turner, 34, allegedly opened fire on 25-year-old Charmian Perkins during an argument at an Exxon on Shorter Avenue about 12:45 p.m., police said.

Police said Perkins was shot in the leg as he tried to leave the store. He underwent surgery at Floyd Medical Center and is expected to recover, said Debbie Burnett, Rome’s assistant police chief.

Investigators aren’t sure what prompted the shooting but say the two men likely knew each other.

Turner was last seen traveling westbound on Shorter Avenue in a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria with Georgia license plate RTM0233, police said. Two passengers were inside the vehicle.

He is wanted on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, felon in possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He is believed to have a silver or chrome revolver.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 706-238-5127.

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