A 19-year-old Cedartown man was shot to death between two residences on the 500 block of East 19th Street in Rome around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Jeffrey Pledger, 19, of 605 Broad St., Cedartown, was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. at Floyd Medical Center, according to Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard.
Capt. Terry Autry said the two suspects who were seen fleeing the scene were described as young men.
Witnesses at the scene said they heard several gunshots and a vehicle that sped away from the scene. Another witness said the car had an out of county tag.
Autry would not comment about a motive behind the shooting or if the suspects were from the immediate area.
Police responded to the area after multiple calls of gunshots fired in the area, and then Pledger was rushed to Floyd Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
Investigators were called in, and police cordoned off the area around the two homes. A K-9 unit was called out to inspect the area as detectives collected evidence from the scene.
A shot-up light grey sedan was towed from behind the residence at 506 E. 19th St., although police officers did not comment about the relevance of the vehicle.
Police stopped a vehicle around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night on U.S. 27 south of Rome near Booger Hollow Road and questioned three men in the vehicle. Police at the scene said the men were not considered suspects but may have been on their way to Rome to seek revenge.
The vehicle appeared to be an old black-and-white Crown Victoria that may have been a former patrol car. It had South Carolina plates.