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Police charge Lithonia man with murder in downtown slaying outside The Peach

Joseph Williams

Rome police on Thursday arrested a Lithonia man in connection with a fatal shooting near the Historic Floyd County Courthouse downtown, authorities said.

Joseph E. Williams, 24, of 5968 S. Deshon Court, faces a murder charge and three counts of aggravated assault, Floyd County Jail reports state. Authorities accuse him of killing Travious Floyd, 22, and of shooting at two other men with the intent to kill them on May 24.

Arrested at the DeKalb County Jail, Williams had no bond Thursday night, reports state.

The homicide happened near West Fifth Avenue and Tribune Street in downtown Rome, across the street from the Joint Law Enforcement Center. It followed a fight at a Broad Street nightspot, which initially led police to the area.

According to reports, the suspect around 1:30 a.m. stepped out of a black Dodge Challenger RT with light-colored stripes. He shot several times at a crowd, hitting Floyd in the neck.

Less than a block away, officers heard the shooting from The Peach, 425 Broad St., where they had been called because of a fight. They ran toward the shots, and saw a black Mustang speed from the scene. The car lost control and wrecked, and the officers detained the four men inside, interviewed them and later released them.

The Mustang’s driver — 24-year-old Jamarco Montae Gibbs, who performs under the name Bandit Gang Marco — later was charged with making false statements and writings and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.

He was released on bond and police said he’s not a suspect in the slaying.

Meanwhile, the investigation continued.

At one point police circulated a sketch of person of interest and in early June interviewed an Atlanta man, though he also was released without charge.

Police later circulated a photo of a different Atlanta man, saying they also wanted to interview him.

 

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