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An attempted armed robbery suspect who was shot by a Maple Street store clerk remained hospitalized at a Chattanooga hospital late Sunday, according to Rome police officials.

Micah Wood, 24, of Rome — listed as a suspect in the early morning robbery attempt at the One Stop Shop, 2107A Maple St. — was airlifted to Erlanger hospital, according to Rome police authorities. His condition remained unknown late Sunday.

Two customers who inside the store — Robert Grant Stinson, 43, and Tina Louise Davenport, 51, both of Rome — were also injured and taken to Floyd Medical Center.

Stinson was listed in satisfactory condition late Sunday, while Davenport had been treated and released from the hospital, FMC Public Relations Specialist Bill Fortenberry said.

Meanwhile, investigators said they are still looking for a second suspect.

According to multiple Rome police reports:

Officers were called to the scene shortly before 2 a.m. by store clerk Gregory Ticas, who said someone had been shot.

While en route, a patrolman on Turner McCall Boulevard was flagged down by a woman who was driving Stinson to the hospital.

Stinson, who had a gunshot wound in his stomach, told the officer he had been playing the video poker machines in the store when bullets went through the wall and struck him.

The woman said a bullet whizzed by her head during an exchange of gunfire before the two left through the back door.

Meanwhile, two other officers got to the store and spoke with Ticas and Davenport. Davenport had been shot in the arm.

Ticas told officers that two black men wearing masks had walked into the store. One of them held up the customers in the back at the game machines and the other pointed a gun at Ticas and demanded money.

Ticas gave him money but was unable to comply with the next order, to open the safe.

“He stated the male told him if he did not get the safe open he was going to die,” the report said.

Ticas managed to get a gun from the counter and began to fire, striking one of the men police later identified as Wood.

While one of the officers was checking the extent of Davenport’s injuries, a call came on the radio about a man with a gunshot wound on East 20th Street near the CVS and Rite Aid stores.

The officer ran over to find Wood — who appeared to be shot in the head — lying on the pavement, covered in blood and wearing only boxer shorts and a large gold watch.

Wood was incoherent and it was unclear what had happened to his clothing. The description of his watch, however, made him a suspect.

Rome police Lt. Gary Clayton said nothing was taken from the store and that the clerk was not hurt.

“The suspects had taken the money, but dropped it in the store during the shootout,” he said.

Reports described the other man as a shorter black man weighing approximately 200 to 250 pounds.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Rome Police Department at 706-238-5111.

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