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Second man wanted in West Avenue shooting death
Rodnie Maurice Stokes
Rodnie Maurice Stokes

The Gainesville Police Department is searching for a second man alleged to be involved in a June shooting on West Avenue in Gainesville.

Rodnie Maurice Stokes, 27, is wanted on murder charges, said Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, spokesman for the Gainesville police.

The victim, 41-year-old Cedric Huff, died after being shot in a drug-related robbery, Holbrook said.

Stokes is charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to Gwinnett County Court records, he has several felony convictions some of them drug-related.

One man, whom police identified as the shooter, has already been arrested. Leshan Tremiele Tanner, 42, is set appear in court July 17 for a preliminary hearing. He is being held without bond at the Hall County Jail.

According to police, Huff was shot in the abdomen June 5 at a residence in the 300 block of West Avenue. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and underwent surgery before dying a few weeks later.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will conduct an autopsy.

Holbrook said Stokes, who also goes by the nickname “Rebel,” is likely in the Atlanta metro area, with ties to Norcross/Gwinnett.

“With dangerous individuals such as this, we will look toward the Marshal’s Service, their task force,” he said.

The U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force comprises agents from various local agencies.

Stokes should be considered armed and dangerous, Holbrook said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stokes is asked to contact local authorities. Police said not to attempt to make contact with Stokes if he is encountered.

The Gainesville police tip line number is 770-533-5873.