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Teen charged in killing at Norcross hotel

NORCROSS - An Atlanta teenager turned himself in to police Monday as the triggerman in a slaying at a Norcross hotel last week, police said.

Police say Casey Jerome Bunting, 17, admitted to shooting Robert W. Montgomery, 48, of Ohio, during an attempted robbery just after midnight Sept. 17. Police arrived to find Montgomery lying in a breezeway near his room at the Allaround Suites on Medlock Bridge Road.

Bunting shot Montgomery once in the neck with a .40 caliber handgun, according to the suspect's arrest warrant. Montgomery later died at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth.

Bunting is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit a crime. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Norcross police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr said it was unclear if Bunting knew his alleged victim. He said police had pinpointed Bunting as a suspect through witness accounts and video surveillance in the area.

During the robbery attempt, a male acquaintance of Montgomery's was also assaulted in the hotel room but wasn't seriously injured, police said.

Bunting fled the area following the shooting without obtaining money or possessions belonging to either man, the warrant says.

Police are unsure why Montgomery was staying in Norcross, but they suspect he'd resided at the hotel for a while.

Harr said police haven't ruled out additional arrests in the case.

"Investigators continue to develop information regarding additional suspects in the incident," he said.

The killing marked the third murder in the city limits of Norcross this year.