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Rome police still looking for ‘Monster;’ several high-profile cases under investigation across region

It’s been exactly seven weeks since Willie Stubbs of Rome was wounded in a shooting on Pennington Avenue after a fight at the Chevy Club.

To date, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed in the March 16 shooting of the 25-year-old man.

Rome police said this week they are still actively looking for a man known as “Monster” believed to be linked to two shootings — Stubbs’ shooting and an earlier related South Broad Street incident involving gunfire.

According to Rome police detective Michelle Sims, anyone who knows the man, whose real name is unknown, should call 706-238-5124. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

According to the police reports on March 16:

A gold or green-color car drove by a 600 block South Broad Street home around 3 a.m. and someone in the car fired five gunshots into the air. The homeowner told police he believed a fight at the Chevy Club, 3365 Cave Spring Road, caused the drive-by shooting.

Later that day, a second shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Pennington Avenue. During the gunfire scuffle, Willie Stubbs, 25, of Rome, was struck in the lower back with a bullet.

Stubbs was taken to the hospital for treatment before being released that evening. He was then arrested on unrelated charges and later bonded out of Floyd County Jail.

Police are continuing to investigate other incidents, including:

  • A fatal shooting at the Chevy Club on April 26 that killed Justin Jamil Foster, 26, of 512 Wilson Ave. and injured three others — Tony Earl Wilson Jr., 26, of 5 Drexel Drive; Desmond Johnson, 38, of 229 Moran Lake Road; and Desmond Bernard Whatley, 29, of 20 Morningside Drive, continues.

Anyone for information about the shooting is urged to call 911, or Floyd police Lt. Jeff Jones, 706-252-4243, or Floyd police investigator Cpl. Rusty Williams at 706-584-0371. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Investigators have said little about the early morning shooting, but have indicated they have a suspect in the case.

  • Calhoun police Lt. Tony Pyle said the officer involved in the police-involved shooting of Steven Cory Key in Calhoun was released to return back to work. Gordon County district attorney Rosemary Greene earlier said she was waiting on the Georgia Bureau of Investigations report on the incident. She could not be reached for comment this week.

Key, 21, of Calhoun, was shot and wounded Feb. 25 after he allegedly fled from officers during a traffic stop on Beamer Road and began stabbing himself. Key was taken for treatment to Erlanger in Chattanooga before being booked into the Gordon County Jail on March 4 on aggravated battery and obstruction charges.

  • Chattooga County district attorney Herbert “Buzz” Franklin said he is still waiting on the GBI report on the fatal March 9 deputy-involved shooting of Herbert Wayne Morehead, 60, of Taliaferro Springs Road, in Lyerly. Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said earlier that the deputy was cleared to return to work on preliminary findings in the investigation.

Morehead was fatally shot March 9 at his residence by a deputy who was investigating a domestic dispute. Earlier reports stated that Morehead fired a round from a rife at the deputy before the deputy shot and killed him.

Franklin said that a GBI special agent verbally briefed him on factual finds from the incident and his preliminary opinion was that it was likely that no charges would be filed against the deputy. Franklin said once the complete report is finished he will review it make a final determination on the case.

  • Floyd County Cpl. Mary Parris said Saturday that investigators are still waiting for the GBI autopsy results on Joshua Ferguson of Coosa. Ferguson, 22, of 528 Sprout Springs Road, was last seen on Nov. 5, 2013. His skeletal remains were discovered in woods about three-quarters of a mile from his home on April 5. A note and gun were found near the remains and police have said they believe Ferguson’s death was caused by suicide.