Po­lice ar­rest 2 af­ter shoot­ing off Shorter Av­enue

♦ The vic­tim, who was last re­ported in sta­ble con­di­tion, gave po­lice de­tails which led to the ar­rests in West Rome.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker DWalker@RN-T.com

Rome po­lice have ar­rested two in­di­vid­u­als in con­nec­tion with an early morn­ing shoot­ing in front of the Alto Plaza shop­ping cen­ter off Shorter Av­enue. The vic­tim, Sig­mund Deaslo White, 43, was found ly­ing be­side Buf­falo’s restau­rant around 6:45 Wed­nes­day morn­ing and in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered at least 10 shell cas­ings from an area in front of the restau­rant.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the po­lice de­part­ment, Ni­c­hole Lynn Hill, 35, of 2926 Kingston High­way, and Michael Wade Hast­ings, 28, of 83 Man­ning Lake Road, were found in a red truck af­ter in­for­ma­tion led po­lice to a lo­ca­tion in the area of Bur­nett Ferry Road.

Po­lice re­sponded to a call to 911 from some­one who re­ported hear­ing mul­ti­ple shots fired, and found White, who had been shot in the back. He was sta­bi­lized by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel on the scene and then taken to Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter for surgery. Po­lice re­ported Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that White was in sta­ble con­di­tion.

White was able to pro­vide some in­for­ma­tion to po­lice which led them to the West Rome area where they found the truck and made a traf­fic stop that re­sulted in the ar­rest of both sus­pects around 11:30 a.m.

As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Deb­bie Bur­nett said that af­ter the ar­rest of Hast­ings and Hill, of­fi­cers were able to re­cover a .45 cal­iber pis­tol they be­lieve was used dur­ing the as­sault on White. Hast­ings has been charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault and pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the at­tempt to com­mit a felony, while Hill was ar­rested on a pre­vi­ous fail­ure to ap­pear war­rant.

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, con­tact Lt. John Wal­ters at 706-238-5122.

/ Doug Walker

In­ves­ti­ga­tors Jim Moser (left) and Misael Cas­tre­jon work the scene where mul­ti­ple shell cas­ings are marked af­ter a shoot­ing Wed­nes­day morn­ing out­side Alto Plaza.

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