Reports of a suspicious white car in the area where Kahtravious Jermaine Montgomery was shot to death turned out to be unconnected with the case.
“We believe it was confusion with an earlier incident,” Rome police Lt. Joe Costolnick said Monday. “It’s not related.”
Montgomery, 21, was shot just below the heart in front of 3 Roseway Circle late Friday night and died early Saturday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Costolnick said he and detective Pete Sailors are continuing to talk with potential witnesses and chase down leads.
“We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “It’s going to take some time.”
In the initial reports, a white car was mentioned by several people who arrived on the scene just after the sound of a gunshot. A few also said they heard yelling or a woman from the car screaming “Don’t shoot” before the shot.
However, Costolnick said follow-up investigation determined the impressions stemmed from confusion at the time of the incident.
“The only screaming was the victim’s girlfriend when she found him,” Costolnick said.
The 19-year-old woman had reportedly been talking to Montgomery a few minutes before the attack but had gone inside the house to lie down.
A hat found near the road thought to have belonged to Montgomery, and other physical evidence, led investigators to believe he was shot near the street and crawled to within a few feet of the front porch, where he was found.
Costolnick is asking anyone with information to call him at 706-238-5122, Sailors at 706-238-5118 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 706-236-5000.
Meanwhile, Floyd County police are waiting for toxicology and other reports to help determine the circumstances surrounding a shooting death early Sunday.
Terrence Herrington, 24, was found with a gunshot wound to the head outside his home at 26 Rosalyn Drive. Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor pronounced him dead at the scene around 1:40 a.m.
A weapon was found at the scene and the body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab.
Police spokesman Jerome Poole said Monday investigators were interviewing witnesses and waiting for the results of several reports. An autopsy could take place as early as this afternoon.
Herrington is the son of Tim Herrington, director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency.