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Shots fired outside cigar and hookah lounge in Centerville

Centerville police investigate crime scene outside cigar and hookah lounge

Windows of vehicles are shattered. Multiple shell casings are marked by yellow crime scene markers in the parking lot of The Chocolate Room, a cigar and hookah lounge off U.S. 41 in Centerville, after shots rang out early Saturday.
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Windows of vehicles are shattered. Multiple shell casings are marked by yellow crime scene markers in the parking lot of The Chocolate Room, a cigar and hookah lounge off U.S. 41 in Centerville, after shots rang out early Saturday.

Gunshots were fired outside a cigar and hookah lounge early Saturday after a fight inside spilled into the parking lot.

The 911 call of a fight at The Chocolate Room at 3510 U.S. 41, Suite 2004, came in at 1:51 a.m., according to a Centerville police news release.

“Once in the parking lot, several gunshots were exchanged,” the release said.

Several vehicles and the building were struck by gunshots.

Additionally, two sports utility vehicles, one small and the other large, left the parking lot headed north on U.S. 41 - apparently colliding at U.S. 41 and Ga. 49, the release said.

One of the vehicles was found at the crash location and the other abandoned at Georgia Bob’s Barbecue Company restaurant at 140 Cane River Drive in Byron.

“At this time, it is not known if any person was hit by gunfire,” the release said.

Centerville police remained on the scene throughout the morning, collecting evidence that included multiple shell casings noted by yellow crime scene markers across the parking lot.

Yellow crime scene tape was stretched alongside the parking lot next to a convenience store and gas pumps.

The back windows of two vehicles in the parking lot were shattered and police had those two vehicles and others towed from the area.

The lounge is located in a shopping center near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Gunn Road.

The shooting remains under investigation.

If anyone has any information about the incident, contact the Centerville Police Department at 478-953-4222.

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