UPDATE: Early morning shooting started with fight over money order, Macon police say

The fight which led to a stabbing and fatal shooting early this morning concerned a money order, according to a police report released this afternoon.

Johnny Lee Rouse Jr., 35, of Merriwood Drive, was fighting with Jim Smith, 30, just after midnight on the 1300 block of Sanford Ave., according to the Macon police report and Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Smith’s brother, 35-year-old Charles Carter of 820 North Garden Terrace, joined in the argument and stabbed Rouse several times, said Sgt. Melanie Hofmann.

Hofmann said Carter then was shot multiple times by another person involved in the altercation.

Smith told police he heard four gun shots and then ran to Flash Foods to call the police, according to the police.

Carter was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m., Jones said.

Rouse, who was stabbed in the chest, is listed in stable condition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Jones said.

Hofmann said police are investigating whether the shots that killed Carter were fired in self defense or if the death should be ruled a homicide.The police report labels the incident as a murder and an aggravated assault.

Hofmann said she was unsure how many people were involved in the argument. Smith told police “there were several males involved,” according to the police report.

Hofmann said a handgun was recovered at the scene. The police report described the gun as being a 9 mm handgun.

When police arrived, they found Carter laying on the ground and three men running away from a white boxy Chevrolet Caprice, according to the report.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

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Writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.