Shooting

A “no drugs or weapons on premises” sign is posted on the front of the Chevy Club, 3367 Cave Spring Road, where Justin Jamil Foster, 26, of Rome, was shot and killed. (Carolyn Grindrod, RN-T)

Floyd County police investigators said they have a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Rome man at a local nightclub.

However, no warrants had been issued for an arrest as of late Sunday.

Meanwhile, the family of the shooting victim, Justin Jamil Foster, of 512 Wilson Ave., mourned the loss of the 26-year-old they remember as a loving son and father.

Foster — a Rome High School graduate and former football athlete — was shot and killed during a fight about 3 a.m. Saturday at the Chevy Club, 3367 Cave Spring Road.

He was pronounced dead at 4:08 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard.

Three other individuals were also wounded during the incident, but police are still not ready to release their names, Floyd County police Lt. Jeff Jones said Sunday Justin Foster’s older sister, Tanya Foster, described his death as a tragedy that came as a shock to their whole family.

She said he never talked of having troubles and wasn’t involved in a gang.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Tanya Foster. “He’s a good young man who would take his shirt off his back for you if you needed it. … the real tragedy is this: his son, my nephew, will never know his father.”

Tayna Foster said her hope is that the community remembers him as a good person who took care of his father, Daniel Joseph Foster, Jr., and enjoyed playing with his 2-month-old son, Justin Jamil Foster Jr.

Jones said the investigation into Justin Foster’s death is still ongoing and police are continuing to follow leads in the case.

“We do have a suspect at this time, but no warrants have been issued yet,” Jones said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call 911 or Floyd County police investigator Cpl. Rusty Williams at 706-588-0371 or Jones at 706-252-4243. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Foster’s death is the second shooting this year stemming from an incident at the Chevy Club — formerly the Cadillac Club.

Willie Stubbs, 25, of 113 Pine St., was shot in the lower back on March 16 after a reported fight at the nightclub.

Rome police said Stubbs has been involved in a early-morning brawl at the Chevy Club and was later shot and hurt on Pennington Avenue.

Jones said initial investigations do not indicate that the two shootings are related.

“But we’re not ruling out any possibilities,” he added.