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Just after midnight ET last Saturday Rome City Police Officers received a call of shots fired on Reservation Street. Upon officers arrival and checking area, no evidence of a shooting had taken place. Two hours later, officers received another call of a fight on Perkins Street, while en-route officers were updated that a male subject that had been shot and was laying in the roadway not breathing.

Upon officers arrival, a young black male with an apparent gunshot to the head was located. An officer attempted first aid and was unsuccessful. Witnesses on scene advised of a Black Dodge Challenger with several subjects jumping in it leaving the area prior to officers arrival.

Several names were mentioned during the initial gathering of information.

The Criminal Investigation Division was notified. Upon CID arrival, the scene was turned over to them. The young male that was shot was identified as Derricus Smith, age 21.

The investigation is still active.

Anyone with information should contact Rome City Police Department and ask for a supervisor or investigator. The Rome Police Department is asking for all help to find the person(s) responsible. You may also use the anonymous tip line by calling 706-236-5000. This phone line is not traced, recorded, or caller ID used. You do not have to give your name. You may also visit and leave an anonymous tip via a web form.

(Coosa Valley News)

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