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According to a press release from Floyd County Police:
Leapoldo Cardenas, 47, of 1902 Burnett Ferry Road, was shot and killed at his home late Saturday. He was the owner of Celia's Supermarket at 1931 Shorter Avenue, according to store employees.
At 11:59 p.m. Saturday, 911 received a call about a shooting at the Burnett Ferry Road address. When Floyd County Police and ambulances arrived on the scene, they found Cardenas had been killed.
Police reported family members told them two men entered the house, taking the family members in the back where they were kept separated from Cardenas when he was shot.
Sgt. Gary Conway of the Floyd County Police said that the motive for the shooting was robbery, and that the suspects got away with items. He wouldn't say what was taken.
"The family members did not know the suspects," Conway said.
Conway said that Cardenas' remains were being taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab and that the GBI was called out to help with processing the crime scene.
Rusty Cook, a neighbor who lives just down the road, said he didn’t hear anything overnight when the home invasion happened, but that he was sad for Cardenas’ family.
“It just goes to show you never know when things like this might happen,” he said.
He’d met Cardenas’ son once or twice and said he thought he was a “nice fellow.” He also said because of the incident, he’ll be taking more precautions around his home.
“It makes you very cautious now that this has happened,” he said.
From early Sunday:
Police were searching early Sunday for suspects involved in a home invasion in West Rome.
A man was shot in the chest in a home invasion at 1902 Burnett Ferry Road, according to 911 dispatches.
Dispatches indicate the man was shot after several suspects entered the home. A lookout was issued for the suspects.
While 911 dispatches indicated the victim had no pulse, Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard, who was on duty overnight, said at 1:10 a.m. Sunday he had not been called to the scene.
The call came into 911 on Saturday just before midnight.
Dispatches indicate police are looking for two Hispanic males wearing hooded, nylon sweatshirts, one wearing black sweatpants, the other wearing gray sweatpants.
Floyd County police responded to the scene, but had released no information as of 1 a.m.