G’ville murder investigation; suspect on the run


“On Friday, January 19, 2024 just before 2:30 p.m., Gainesville Police responded to a shooting at the Motel 6 on Monroe Drive.

The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was shot in the chest. He was transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, information was quickly developed that Corey Maurice Rucker of Gainesville, a known party to the victim, was responsible for the shooting death.

Investigators have obtained warrants on 47-year-old Corey Rucker for Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and Theft by Taking a Motor Vehicle.

Rucker fled the scene before police arrived and is believed to be driving a burgundy in color Nissan Murano. The vehicle was displaying a registration plate from Mississippi when it was last seen.

Anyone with information about this case or the whereabouts of Rucker is asked to contact the Gainesville Police Department by calling 770-535-5873, or through our online tip portal by visiting www.gainesville.org/659/Submit-a-Tip.”