Gunman on run as police investigate shooting in Gwinnett County - CBS46 News

Gunman on run as police investigate shooting in Gwinnett County

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Police in Gwinnett County are looking for a gunman who shot and killed a man in broad daylight in a hotel parking lot.

Police said they have obtained a warrant for Phillip Pugh in connection to the deadly shooting.

The victim, 50-year-old Vincent Newsome, was washing a 1967 Chevy when police tell CBS 46 he ran to the second floor of the InTown Suites on Stone Mountain Highway in Lilburn.

Newsome lived at the hotel but it's unclear why he went upstairs. Police say another man shot Newsome several times in the hotel's breezeway then ran away.

Other hotel guests and people in nearby businesses heard the shots. Some even watched the gunman run off.

Jason and Leila Barnett live in a first floor unit and saw Newsome washing the car just outside their door. Moments later they heard what sounded like "folding chairs" falling on the ground. The couple ran up the stairs to see what happened.

"We was upstairs, I was helping him. He got shot in his back, lower back, his hand," said Jason Barnett. "He was facing down and also another shot in his stomach."

"I was telling him 'stay calm, don't move,'" Leila Barnett explained. "He wasn't yelling. He was just laying there gasping for breath. And I was trying to tell him you know, to relax because he was trying to get up," she said, near tears. "And I was telling him, 'relax, relax. Everything's gonna be OK.' And he pretty much did what I said."

Rescue crews rushed Newsome to Gwinnett Medical Center where he later died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Gwinnett police crime scene investigators gathered evidence at the hotel at 4142 Highway 78. Investigators spent several hours talking to guests and nearby business people.

Robert High is another resident of the InTown Suites. It was his friend's car Newsome was detailing Saturday afternoon. He said he knew Newsome well, calling him friendly.

"He came and was always trying to make a buck and hustle and do people's cars," said High, a former police officer. "And I've never heard anybody have a beef with him. So I have no idea what transpired."

Collier Daily, director of marketing and communications for InTown Suites, issued this statement Saturday afternoon:

"At this time, we're working with local authorities in this matter and would refer any questions to them so as not to jeopardize the investigation."

Police said Pugh may be driving a tan 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser with GA Tag PHQ-2960.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwinnett County police.

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