UPDATE: Passenger escaped gunfire in fatal shooting near motel

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 24, 2014 

A Phenix City man was a passenger in the car with Troy Saunders when gunfire erupted Friday as they attempted to leave the Super 8 Motel at 2935 Warm Springs Road, Columbus police said.

Saunders, 39, and the 21-year-old man were in the 2000 Buick when Saunders left the motel around 12:38 a.m. and stopped in the road in front of 3103 Gentian Blvd., a quarter-mile away. Saunders of Fort Mitchell, Ala., was shot in the neck and pronounced dead inside the car at 1:10 a.m.

The passenger in the car wasn't injured but shots were fired at him, police said.

On Saturday, police said a search continues for Christopher Wommack, 19. He is being sought on one count each of murder, criminal attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault in the shooting of Saunders and the assault on the other occupant.

Police arrested Niesha Janae Jones, 17, and Mayson Gibson, 20, of Columbus on the same charges. They are held in the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. Monday hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

In a report, police said Jones and Gibson are accused of attempting to rob Saunders and the other man at gunpoint in the motel parking lot. Police said the passenger was in the front seat when shots were fired.

Police are still conducting interviews in the shooting as the investigation continues.

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