1:30 p.m. update: There were two people shot in this case. Police found one man shot at Grover and Nixon. That victim has since been identified as the homicide, James Edward Parks. The second man, found on Broad Street, remains hospitalized.
Noon update: “We have located the driver and the vehicle . . . any video is still being sought.” — Lt. Joe Costolnick.
Clarifying the shooting report: There was only one shooting scene Wednesday night, at Grover Avenue in South Rome, according to police Lt. Joe Costolnick. Both victims were shot on Grover Avenue with one man found there and the other immediately fled in an unknown white vehicle driven by unknown driver, eventually ending up on Broad Street. Nobody was actually shot on Broad St.
Thursday media release: Rome Police detectives are requesting assistance from the community by asking any business owners or residents in the Broad Street/South Rome St/Second Avenue areas to notify them of any surveillance videos that may have captured a white vehicle travelling along this route between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, (June 14, 2017). This vehicle was transporting one of the gunshot victims to the hospital when it was involved in a minor traffic accident in the 100 block of Broad Street (northbound). The gunshot victim then got out of the car and was later located lying on the street. Detectives are seeking to identify the driver of this vehicle as well as any potential video of it. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lt. Joe Costolnick (706-238-5122) or Detective Pete Sailors (706-238-5118), or to call 911. All tips may remain anonymous.
From Rome Police.
Media release: On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 9:34 p.m, E911 received a call about gunshots in the area of South Rome. Responding officers located an adult male lying in the street on Grover Avenue with at least one gunshot wound. At 9:37 p.m., officers then located another adult male lying in the 100 block of Broad Street, also suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Both subjects were taken to Floyd Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. One of the subjects, James Edward Parks, was later pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center. The other subject currently is undergoing treatment for his injuries. At this time, the Rome Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is actively investigating and seeking any information related to these shootings. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lt. Joe Costolnick (706-238-5122) or Detective Pete Sailors (706-238-5118), or to call 911.
Videographer George Lataif has captured almost four minutes of video from a situation in downtown Rome, specifically on Broad Street in the Cotton Block area near Second Avenue.
Witnesses say it was a shooting — potentially a head wound — and there is conversation among first responders regarding a shooting you’ll hear as the video progresses. The video will shift about at the midway point.