The following is based on multiple reports from the Floyd County and Rome police departments, the coroner’s office, jail reports and WRGA.
One person is dead following a shooting at Burnett Ferry Quick Stop (Hi-Tech Fuel) at 500 Burnett Ferry Road late Tuesday. There was a second shooting, this one at North Elm, also Tuesday night.
Lamar Rashad Nicholson, 28, of Rome, is in custody this morning at the Floyd County Jail, facing seven charges including murder, armed robbery and weapons counts.
The clerk at the Hi-Tech store on Burnett Ferry is dead. He’s been identified as Parmjit Dhrim Singh, 44.
The clerk at the Elm Street store remains in critical condition at Floyd Medical Center. He’s been identified as Parthey Patel, 30.
From Floyd County Police:
On Feb. 6 at at 8:50 p.m, emergency units responded to the Hi-Tech Fuel at 500 Burnett Ferry Road in response to a shooting. The clerk of Hi-Tech Fuel was shot several times and died as a result of his injuries at the scene.
Witnesses observed a black male fleeing from the scene, driving a silver Jeep Liberty. A short time later, Floyd County sheriff’s deputies spotted the look-out vehicle and initiated a felony vehicle stop on Redmond Road. It was discovered that the driver of the vehicle was 28-year-old Lamar Rashad Nicholson, who matched the description of the black male fleeing the scene on Burnett Ferry Road.
During the traffic stop, deputies observed a handgun and large amount of cash in the vehicle.
After the Floyd County Police Investigation Division initiated an investigation, Nicholson later was charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with intent to murder, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
From jail reports/Burnett Ferry:
Floyd County Police report that: “The offender did commit the above offenses when he entered the business located at 500 Burnett Ferry Road with a firearm. While in side the business, the offender knowingly and willfully discharged the firearm, causing the death of the victim.” The report states Parmjit Dhrim Singh, 44, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. His body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.
From WRGA’s David Crowder:
Minutes after the Burnett Ferry shooting, jail reports allege Nicholson entered Elm Street Food and Beverage at 204 N. Elm St., took money and then shot the clerk, who was transported to Floyd Medical Center for treatment. The clerk was listed in critical condition. Parthey Patel, 30, was shot at Elm Street Food and Beverage; he was listed in critical condition at Floyd Medical Center.
From Rome Police/Elm Street shooting:
RPD statement: On Feb. 7, at 8:57 p.m., the Elm Street Food and Beverage at 204 N. Elm St. was robbed. A black male later identified as Lamar Rashad Nicholson entered the store and pointed a pistol at the clerk, demanding the money. The clerk complied with the demands and for unknown reasons, the suspect shot and wounded the clerk as he was leaving.
A lookout for a gray Jeep Patriot was placed for a previous armed robbery by Floyd County Police Department. A witness at the Elm Street Food and Beverage also gave a description of a gray Jeep Patriot leaving the scene. Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies observed a gray Jeep Patriot on Redmond Road near Redmond Circle. The driver was positively identified through video evidence as the robbery suspect.
Lamar Rashad Nicholson was arrested without incident and charged with: one count of O.C.G.A. 16 – 5- 21 Aggravated Assault with a gun, one count of O.C.G.A. 16 -8-41 Robbery of a business with a gun, one count of O.C.G.A. 16 – 11 -131 Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Other charges are pending on the conclusion of the investigation
From the jail report: “The accused did commit armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she took property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon. He did so when he used a hand gun to take money from the Elm Street Food and Beverage convenience store. The accused did commit aggravated assault while committing armed robbery; he used a deadly weapon offensively against the victim which caused serious bodily injury. He did so when he shot the victim with a hand fun. The accused was in possession of a hand gun when he had been prior convicted of a felony offense.”