Cartersville police said Wednesday that a reward is available after Statler was shot and killed Sunday night at Sun-Glo Car Wash on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cartersville.
According to authorities, Statler was shot once between 7 and 11 p.m. Sunday while he washed mud from his truck at the car wash. Although robbery had been suspected, that motive was questioned after police say the only thing taken was the victim’s cellphone.
Cartersville Police Department Public Information Officer Capt. Mark Camp said Wednesday afternoon that the phone was taken but cash and other items of value “were just left in plain view.”
“We have been tracing cellphone records but have not been able to locate [the phone] yet,” Camp said.
In an update, Cartersville police said the agency had interviewed a person of interest but that person was not a suspect at this time.
Camp said police had questioned the man who was “seen in the area on video. Nothing came out of it.”
There were no reports of 911 calls of gunshots in the area of the shooting between the hours of 7 and 11 p.m. Sunday. According to Camp, one resident told police she thought she heard gunshots but had been watching TV so she wasn’t certain.
More than 30 area law enforcement officers have been involved in the investigation and are working to analyze videos, cellphone records and other possible evidence, according to the CPD update.
The Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, U.S. Marshals agents, along with parole and probation officers, are assisting CPD.
“They are following some other leads,” Camp said, although he declined to elaborate when asked.
CPD has reached out to the community through social media for assistance in the shooting.
A Cartersville Police Department Facebook post Wednesday evening read:
“Anyone having any information which could help in resolving the homicide from last Sunday night are urged to call the Police Department at 770-382-2526. All leads are being investigated. Over 30 officers from various agencies have been involved to one extent or another in trying to solve this tragic incident. This is the number one priority right now for the Department. The help of the community is greatly appreciated. Our sympathies go out to the victim's family and friends.”