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Briefs: 2 killed in shootout identified; Doctor accused of molestation wanted

Sandy Springs police have issued warrants for a doctor accused of child molestation, saying he has become a flight risk.
Sandy Springs police have issued warrants for a doctor accused of child molestation, saying he has become a flight risk.
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Police have identified the two men killed in a shootout Sunday night in Cobb County. But they still have not released a motive or identify any suspects in the crime.

David Blount, 20, of Smyrna, and Ryan Christopher Bobbitt, 24, of Marietta, were found shot to death inside a home on Cardell Road near Austell, according to Cobb County police.

At 6:19 p.m., someone called 911 to report shots being fired in the 2100 block of Cardell Road, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said. Within a couple of minutes, a second person called to report people being shot inside a home at 2103 Cardell Road, Officer Bowman said.

“I heard one shot out here, neighbors down the street said there was about six or eight shots,” witness Julia Biddy told Channel 2 Action News.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the two men dead inside the house from apparent gunshot wounds, Officer Bowman said. In addition, two other men had to be hospitalized due to injuries they received after being shot.

Their conditions were not immediately known Monday night and police have not released their identities, though one media reported that one of the victim was a high school student.

Sandy Springs Doctor Accused of Child Molestation Wanted

A Sandy Springs doctor who was charged with child molestation has become a flight risk and police have obtained warrants to bring him back into custody, officials said Sunday.

Kelly Thrasher was indicted last year for allegedly molesting a juvenile girl during a sleepover at his home. Thrasher was charged with child molestation, but the Fulton County grand jury also added sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery in the alleged crime against the child, according to the Sandy Springs police.

In January, Thrasher was again arrested and charged by the state medical boards with practicing medicine without a license after the Georgia State Licensing Board received numerous complaints that he was seeing patients in his office in violation of the medical board’s suspension of his license.

He was out of jail on $50,000 bond when investigators learned that Thrasher obtained a U.S. Passport under another name.

Detectives have obtained warrants for identity fraud and second-degree forgery. They believe he is a flight risk and are seeking to return him into custody.

Anyone with information on his location should contact Sandy Springs police at (770) 551-6900.

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