Two men have been jailed on murder charges for their alleged involvement in the Friday shooting death of two people in what police described as "a drug deal gone bad."
According to reports from the Floyd County Jail:
Cordarcus Deshjo Hightower, 22, of 1622 A Melrose Drive, and Austin Tyler Nix, 24, of 16 Maplewood Drive, were both jailed on felony murder charges.
Nix was also charged with felony criminal attempt to purchase marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Hightower has also been charged with one count of criminal attempt to purchase marijuana.
Update: A second person had died after Friday's shooting.
He has been identified by Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor as Thaddeus Helton Jr., 20, of John Ross Drive.
Jail records indicate that two people have been charged with murder and are also facing drug charges related to marijuana but details of those arrests were not available. Police are expected to release more details in the ongoing investigation today.
There were gunshots and then screams.
That’s how Nathan Dover, who works at UPS on Shorter Industrial Boulevard, knew something was very wrong at the building next door Friday evening.
One person died and another was in serious condition after the shooting that police believe happened inside the building behind 21 Shorter Industrial Blvd.
Drew Barnes, 24, of Warren Road in Rome, died of multiple gunshot wounds at Floyd Medical Center, said Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor.
It appeared to be a “drug deal gone bad,” said Lt. Gary Clayton of the Rome Police Department. Police were questioning three men on Friday night but had made no arrests.
When police went inside after the shooting, they spotted drugs in the open, blueprints and sawdust on the floor.
“It looks like they build molds for countertops,” Clayton said from the scene Friday night.
As the rain poured down outside, UPS employees watched as detectives pulled yellow crime scene tape around the building shortly after the shooting.
They said they didn’t know what kind of business was operating there, but they noticed a lot of cars going in and out.
Dover ran outside and recognized the man he saw on the ground next to the building. He had wounds to his side and face.
“He was going into shock,” Dover said.
Dover said it was not uncommon to hear gunshots from the woods behind UPS on Fridays.
But the screams let him know that something was going on.
“It’s something I never thought I would see,” Dover said.