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18-year-old wanted in deadly NW Georgia shooting

Rome police are searching for a suspect they believe shot and killed a man in a motel parking lot Tuesday night.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants for 18-year-old Cody Deangelo Thompson on charges of murder and felony murder, Rome police said Wednesday in a statement.

Authorities were called to the parking lot at Cottis Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday after a resident reported hearing several gunshots. They found Richard Boatner, 35, of Rome, lying on the ground suffering from at least one bullet wound.

Boatner was taken to Floyd Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

According to a preliminary investigation, the altercation began as a fist fight and escalated from there. It is unclear what initially started the fight, Lt. John Walters told AJC.com.

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After talking with witnesses at the scene and gathering evidence, investigators identified Thompson as the alleged shooter.

Anyone with information about Thompson’s location is asked to call Rome police Investigator Corey Bowers at 706-238-5111 or 706-238-5129.

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