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Update: Murder suspect Michael Yates caught in Bartow County

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UPDATE: According to Rome police Lt. Joe Costolnick: "Michael Yates was arrested a short time ago in Bartow County. He was captured during a traffic stop after we received information that he would be in a particular vehicle. He was arrested without incident."

Rome police were looking for a 22-year-old man late Friday night after he was accused of murdering another man in East Rome during the early morning hours.

Michael Yates, of 8 Everett Springs Road, is accused of shooting 38-year-old Scotty Dale Graham to death outside a small concrete-block home off East 19th Street near Dean Avenue early Friday.

Gene Proctor, Floyd County chief deputy coroner, said Graham was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest at 7:21 a.m. His body will be sent to the GBI crime lab for a fact-finding autopsy to determine the number of times he had been shot.

Two people at the scene who asked that they not be identified said they heard three shots around 6:40 a.m., and 911 Director John Blalock said the call came in to the 911 center at 6:49.

Proctor said the wounds appear to have been caused by .40-caliber bullets.

“Witnesses at the scene identified the shooter who left in a vehicle, we believed to be a stolen vehicle,” said Rome police Lt. Joe Costolnick. “Something occurred on the street right down from the scene. He fled the vehicle, leaving it in the street blocking traffic and he left on foot.”

He was last seen running in an area behind The Gravy Boat, 1413 Dean Ave.

Both East Central Elementary School and St. Mary’s Catholic School went into lockdown mode as students arrived.

Lou Byars, Rome City Schools interim superintendent, said East Central Principal Kristin Teems and a custodian believe they saw the suspect run across their parking lot and then across Dean Avenue.

Byars was told the suspect was asking people for a ride.

As students arrived Friday morning, they were ushered into the building and sent directly to their rooms, Byars said. He said the students were not permitted to leave the building for recess or any other purpose until they were dismissed and sent home later in the day.

Representatives at St. Mary’s declined to comment on their school’s response.

Yates has a lengthy criminal history, primarily theft and shoplifting charges. Yates is described as a heavily tattooed white male and was wearing a brown jacket with chains when last seen.

Police consider Yates to be armed and dangerous and are telling people not to approach him.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or the Rome police detective division at 706-238-5111.

Previously posted:

The coroner's office has identified the victim of a shooting on East 19th Street this morning as a 38-year-old Rome man. Police are still searching for a 22-year-old Michael David Yates in connection with the shooting.

According to Floyd County Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor, Scotty Dale Graham, 38, of 10 West Butler Street was pronounced dead at 7:21 a.m. The cause of death is listed as gunshot wounds to the chest. Graham's body will be sent to the GBI for fact finding autopsy because they're unsure how many times Graham was shot.

Police are seeking Michael David Yates, 22, of 8 Everett Springs Road, in connection with the fatal shooting near East 19th and Dean Avenue.

According to Lt. Joe Costolnick of the Rome Police Department and jail records:

Yates was already wanted on an active burglary warrant. He is described as a white male with a lot of tattoos. He was wearing a brown jacket with chains. He is possibly still armed with a pistol.

Graham appeared to have been shot several times, Costolnick said.

The shooting occurred around 7 a.m. Yates fled the scene in a stolen truck and hit another car and then fled on foot. If you see Yates or have any information call 911.

East Central Elementary and St. Mary's were on lock down this morning as police searched for the suspect.