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Motel murder suspect caught in Mississippi, police suspect revenge as the motive

Mr. Philip Pugh, 40, was arrested in Mississippi for murder in the shooting of a man at a motel in Gwinnett County, police said.
Mr. Philip Pugh, 40, was arrested in Mississippi for murder in the shooting of a man at a motel in Gwinnett County, police said.
Gwinnett County police

The man accused of shooting a man multiple times and leaving him to die at an extended-stay motel in Gwinnett County was arrested Monday in Mississippi.

And police said they are trying to determine if the shooting may have been about revenge.

Mr. Philip Pugh, 40, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Mr. Vincent Newsome, a 50-year-old resident at the InTown Suites on U.S. 78, according to Gwinnett County police.

The shooting happened around 12:35 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of the motel at 4142 Hwy. 78, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Witnesses told investigators Mr. Newsome was outside in the parking lot washing his vehicle when for some unknown reason he then went upstairs.

“(He) was on his way back to the parking lot when he was confronted by the suspect on the second floor breezeway,” Sgt. Brian Doan has said in a news release. “Multiple shots were fired.”

Now police said they are investigating whether revenge was the motive.

Last week, a family member of Mr. Pugh’s said she had been drugged and raped five months ago at the InTown Suites, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I just want justice,” Mr. Pugh previously told police, the report states.

It’s unclear whether the suspect and the victim knew each other, but Mr. Pugh may have believed that Mr. Newsome was involved in the rape, police told the paper.

Investigators left for Mississippi on Monday to interview Mr. Pugh, Cpl. Smith said in a news release.

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