Woman shot at Gordon Highway motel

Jabali Jerome Howard

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were searching Tuesday for a man wanted in a fatal shooting at the Red Carpet Inn.

According to Lt. Calvin Chew, deputies were called to the Gordon Highway motel about 12:30 a.m. where they discovered Courtney L. Bell, 23, had been shot. Bell, of the 3300 block of Tate Road, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. She died Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators are searching for Jabali Jerome Howard, 29, as a suspect.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Howard was sentenced in 2010 to five years in prison for cruelty to children, one year for simple battery and one year for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was released in January 2011.

Howard is described as armed and dangerous. Anyone with information may call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or (706) 821-1020 and may remain anonymous.

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