published Monday, April 25th, 2011

Calhoun police still searching for shooting suspect

Police in Calhoun, Ga., are searching for a man suspected of shooting a 19-year-old in the back, then fleeing the scene.

Corey Mitchell, 35, whose last known address is Lithonia, Ga., is suspected of shooting Diondre DePaul Curtis twice from his car Thursday evening, then driving away, said Calhoun Police spokesman Lt. Tony Pyle.

Curtis, who is a 2010 graduate from Gordon Central High School, had to be airlifted to Erlanger hospital where he remained until Sunday, Pyle said.

Police are still on the lookout for Mitchell, who was last seen driving a green Ford Escort.

Maurice Antonio Kent, 20, was also hit by a stray bullet during the shooting but didn’t suffer any serious injuries, police said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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