Two Charged with Murder in Northwest Georgia

Murder charges have been filed against two men in the shooting death of 19-year-old Brandson Long from Shannon, Georgia.

The two, identified as 22-year-old, Tyler Michael Zacher, and 20-year-old Jayden Patrick Fiorito, both of Rome, were initially arrested Monday – on charges of Making False Statements and Obstructing an Investigation.  BOTH are now charged with Felony Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Crime, Entering an Automobile, and Theft by Taking Articles from a Vehicle.

Stephanie Eugenia Shuler, age 48 from Rome, is charged with Tampering with Evidence and Obstruction for allegedly disposing of the firearm and misleading investigators.


Floyd County Police are investigating a shooting incident in the Shannon area Sunday  that left one young man wounded – and another dead.

According to Floyd County Police Public Affairs Director – Michael Bell –  Police were told that one of the men grabbed a gun from another person, and it went off. 20-year-old Jayden Patrick Fiorito was shot in the hand – while 19-year-old Brandson Long was shot in the pelvis area and later died.

According to Deputy Floyd County Coroner Jordan Pierson, Long’s body will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.  The men showed up at the fire station on Burlington Road seeking aid at around 9:30pm Sunday – it is believed the shooting occurred on the East Second Street Extension in Shannon.  Meanwhile, 22-year-old Tyler Michael Zacher and Fiorito, both of Rome, have been charged with making false statements and also obstructing an investigation.

According to Floyd County Jail records both of the men attempted to hide details of their involvement in the shooting by giving false information regarding where the incident occurred.  Also 48-year-old Stephanie Eugenia Shuler of Rome was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction.  She is accused of disposing of the firearm and misleading investigators.

(WRGA NEWS in Rome, Georgia)


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