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  • Seven men face murder charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a Carroll County motel. Villa Rica police found the victim lying on a second-floor landing at the Fairbridge Inn Express on Ga. 61 around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. K.L. Shaddix said early Wednesday in a news release. Brian Cook, 28, of Villa Rica, was pronounced dead on the scene. During the course of their investigation, police located and arrested five people. Warrants were secured for two more, Shaddix said. It appears the victim was shot after an altercation in a motel room. Police said Ramon Higgs, 29, also of Villa Rica, went to the motel and Cook accompanied him. Higgs was seen on video surveillance entering a second-floor room while Cook remained outside. A confrontation inside the room turned violent, according to police. Higgs then ran from the room with several men chasing him, Shaddix said.  “As Cook began to run away, he was grabbed by the suspects and shot while on the second-floor landing where he died from the injuries,” Shaddix said in the release. “Higgs was also shot but was able to flee the scene.” Investigators learned six Villa Rica men were inside the hotel room at the time of the shooting. Khaaliq Sims, 24, Isiah Roberts, 20, Alvin Doby, 20, and Kyron Doby, 23, were all located and arrested. Two others, Briahious McPherson and Ricardo Joiner, both 19, have not been caught. All six face two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of murder. Roberts was arrested on an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaddix said police also charged Higgs with murder and aggravated assault as well as marijuana and weapons possession. Higgs was treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.  The investigation resulted in two unrelated arrests, Shaddix said. Police contacted the occupants of the room next door to the shooting and reportedly located suspected marijuana. Two people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested on possession charges. The other suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jaylon Stanton of Baton Rouge, La., was also charged with first-degree forgery after he was allegedly found in possession of a large amount of suspected drugs and counterfeit cash. The search continues for the two remaining murder suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Villa Rica police at 678-785-1100 or call 911.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • The survivors of last week's school shooting in Texas say that deciding what to do next has not come as easily for them as it did for students who lived through the Parkland, Florida, attack three months ago. Those teens launched an impassioned campaign to tighten the nation's gun laws. But Santa Fe is a rural Texas town with 13,000 residents who pride themselves on responsible gun ownership. The community has adopted a different mantra. Instead of seeing a gun issue, they see 'a heart issue.' And heart issues, they say, are harder to fix than guns. Callie Wylie is a 16-year-old soccer player who lost eight classmates and two teachers in Santa Fe, near Houston. She says it's too soon to settle on a course of action.
  • The focus of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school safety and mass shootings is shifting to those who have been closest to the recent violence, including students, surviving victims and even one person who grabbed a gun and fought back. Abbott called for the meetings after last week's attack at Santa Fe High School. Following two days of hearing from education officials, law enforcement, mental health experts and gun control and gun rights groups, Thursday's meeting will include more than 30 people who can provide personal accounts of the attack in Santa Fe, and last November's shooting at a rural church in Sutherland Springs. Most of those attending are students, families and staff from the Santa Fe shooting. Also invited are two survivors of the church shooting, the church pastor, and Stephen Willeford, who lives across the street from the church and has been hailed as a hero for grabbing a rifle and shooting back at the attacker. Abbott and Texas are being closely watched for how the state reacts to the violence of recent mass shootings. The governor is a staunch supporter of gun rights. He has worked to relax the state's gun possession laws in recent years and few expect proposals for any major new restrictions to emerge from this week's meetings. Texas' reaction to the Santa Fe shooting so far has been in sharp contrast to the response after the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. Three weeks after that massacre, Florida politicians passed a gun-control package after a lobbying campaign led by student survivors of the attack. In Texas, the Republican leadership has called for arming more teachers, 'hardening' campuses with more security, and limiting access to and from schools. Abbott has resisted calls from a handful of state lawmakers to call the Legislature into special session to address gun violence and school safety. Callie Wylie, a 16-year-old Santa Fe High student, and her father are among those meeting with Abbott on Thursday. On Monday, she was standing at a memorial for the victims when she told The Associated Press that the violence is not a 'gun problem.' 'Something needs to happen,' Wylie said. 'But I don't think at this time people need to be pushing politics on us and telling us, 'Oh, this is gun control.'' But Rhonda Hart, a military veteran whose daughter Kimberly Vaughan was killed at Santa Fe, said Texas should make it much harder to buy and own guns. She is not among those listed for the meeting with Abbott. 'You should have to wait a week, have counseling, and walk through lines of protesters who tell you you're a murderer' to buy a gun, Hart said Wednesday. ___ Associated Press writers Emily Schmall and Claire Galofaro contributed.
  • House and Senate lawmakers are set to meet with top intelligence officials as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign. Trump is calling his newest attempt at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation 'spygate.' In recent days, he has been zeroing in on — and at times embellishing — reports that a longtime U.S. government informant approached members of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election. Trump tweeted Wednesday that the FBI had been caught in a 'major SPY scandal.' Trump's latest broadsides set the stage for the unusual decision by the White House to arrange a briefing Thursday about classified documents for just two Republican House members, both Trump allies, as Trump and his supporters in Congress pressed for information on the outside informant. After Democratic complaints and negotiations that went into the late evening Wednesday, the Justice Department said it would host a second classified briefing the same day and invite the bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' — a group that includes the top Republicans and Democrats in each chamber and the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees. There were two other late additions to the list — White House chief of staff John Kelly and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had originally said that no one from the White House would attend the briefing, at which the investigation into Trump's campaign will be discussed. Rosenstein will replace another Justice Department official who was originally scheduled to attend. Rosenstein was left off the list as Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he had confidence in him. Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation, and is frequently criticized by Trump. The two House lawmakers — Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy — were invited to attend both briefings, as were Kelly, Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats. All were invited to the second briefing, as well, plus Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr was also invited, along with the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, Sen. Mark Warner, and the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, Rep. Adam Schiff. Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, had originally requested the information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation. And Trump took up the cause as the White House tried to combat the threat posed by Mueller's investigation into Russian interference and possible obstruction of justice. Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the investigation Wednesday, tweeting: 'Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!' It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done. The White House gave no evidence to support Trump's claim that the Obama administration was trying to spy on his 2016 campaign for political reasons. It's long been known that the FBI was looking into Russian meddling during the campaign and that part of that inquiry touched on the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian figures. Mueller later took over the investigation when he was appointed in May 2017. Trump has told confidants in recent days that the revelation of an informant was potential evidence that the upper echelon of federal law enforcement had conspired against him, according to three people familiar with his recent conversations but not authorized to discuss them publicly. Trump told one ally this week that he wanted 'to brand' the informant a 'spy,' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public. As Republicans worked to show a Justice Department conspiracy against Trump, Democrats and former law enforcement officials defended the agency. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump last year, tweeted Wednesday that the agency's use of secret informants was 'tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country.' 'Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country,' Comey tweeted. 'How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?' Trump shot back during a brief news conference with reporters: 'What I'm doing is a service to this country and I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey.' The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department over the Nunes request — one of many over the course of the Russia investigation — has simmered for weeks. The department originally rejected Nunes' appeal, writing in a letter in late April that his request for information 'regarding a specific individual' could have severe consequences, including potential loss of human life. Negotiations over the information stalled, but restarted when Trump demanded in a tweet Sunday that the Justice Department investigate 'whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.' The Justice Department agreed by expanding an open, internal investigation to determine whether there was any politically motivated surveillance. And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents. The New York Times was the first to report that the FBI had an informant who met several times with Trump campaign officials who had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. No evidence has emerged to show that Obama-era authorities placed an informant inside the Trump campaign. ___ Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
  • A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a 'homosexual panic' of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago. Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self in Cincinnati in 1985. Van Hook fled to Florida afterward, where he was arrested and confessed. At the time of the killing, Van Hook was suffering from long-term effects of untreated mental, physical and sexual abuse as a child and was depressed that his life seemed to be falling apart, his attorneys argue. He also was 'troubled by increasing questions about his own sexual identity,' his federal public defenders said in a May 17 filing with the parole board. They also said he was improperly questioned by a Cincinnati police detective after he was arrested in Florida, and should have been provided an attorney. The parole board planned to hear arguments on Thursday for and against Van Hook's clemency request. Republican Gov. John Kasich has the final say. Van Hook's execution is set for July 18. Prosecutors dismiss Van Hook's 'panic' claim as nonsense, saying he made a practice of luring gay men to apartments to rob them. 'This is a man who had cynically manipulated homosexuals for years. He posed as a gay; he frequented bars that were gay and he preyed on vulnerable victims who were gay,' the Hamilton County prosecutor's office said in a Tuesday filing with the board. Prosecutors also note Van Hook has an extensive history of violence while incarcerated, including stabbing a fellow death row inmate in November. The so-called 'gay' or 'homosexual panic' defense has come under fire in recent years. Five years ago, the American Bar Association urged governments to pass laws limiting the defense, saying a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity should not be blamed for a criminal defendant's violent reaction. Earlier this year, Illinois became the second state after California to prohibit the defense. The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to ban it. Authorities say Van Hook, 56, met Self at the Subway Bar in downtown Cincinnati on Feb. 18, 1985. After a couple of hours they went to Self's apartment where Van Hook strangled the 25-year-old Self to unconsciousness, stabbed him multiple times in the neck and then cut his abdomen open and stabbed his internal organs, according to court records. Van Hook stole a leather jacket and necklaces before fleeing, records say. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Van Hook's death sentence in 2009. ___ Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus.