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  • Seven men face murder charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a Carroll County motel. Villa Rica police found the victim lying on a second-floor landing at the Fairbridge Inn Express on Ga. 61 around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. K.L. Shaddix said early Wednesday in a news release. Brian Cook, 28, of Villa Rica, was pronounced dead on the scene. During the course of their investigation, police located and arrested five people. Warrants were secured for two more, Shaddix said. It appears the victim was shot after an altercation in a motel room. Police said Ramon Higgs, 29, also of Villa Rica, went to the motel and Cook accompanied him. Higgs was seen on video surveillance entering a second-floor room while Cook remained outside. A confrontation inside the room turned violent, according to police. Higgs then ran from the room with several men chasing him, Shaddix said.  “As Cook began to run away, he was grabbed by the suspects and shot while on the second-floor landing where he died from the injuries,” Shaddix said in the release. “Higgs was also shot but was able to flee the scene.” Investigators learned six Villa Rica men were inside the hotel room at the time of the shooting. Khaaliq Sims, 24, Isiah Roberts, 20, Alvon Darby, 20, and Kyron Doby, 23, were all located and arrested. Two others, Briahious McPherson and Ricardo Joiner, both 19, have not been caught. All six face two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of murder. Roberts was arrested on an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaddix said police also charged Higgs with murder and aggravated assault as well as marijuana and weapons possession. Higgs was treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.  The investigation resulted in two unrelated arrests, Shaddix said. Police contacted the occupants of the room next door to the shooting and reportedly located suspected marijuana. Two people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested on possession charges. The other suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jaylon Stanton of Baton Rouge, La., was also charged with first-degree forgery after he was allegedly found in possession of a large amount of suspected drugs and counterfeit cash. The search continues for the two remaining murder suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Villa Rica police at 678-785-1100 or call 911.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players. The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement. The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue — which has reached all the way to the White House. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system. Other players took up the cause. ___ For more AP NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the National Anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League.  >> Read more trending news  According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post. Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played.  The official statement from the National Football League states: “The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities.  The membership also strongly believes that: All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote: “The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society.  The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress.  It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.  This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed. We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”
  • The world’s busiest airport has a new backup plan after a power outage brought it to a complete stop in December. Channel 2’s Craig Lucie was in a meeting with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International’s general manager Wednesday to learn about their plans. He’s asking him about what the plan will cost, for updates on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. TRENDING STORIES: Doctor who made music videos in operating room facing several malpractice lawsuits Patient says she woke up from surgery in hotel room with sandwich in hand 'Hamilton' opens at Fox Theatre, $10 tickets available daily The airport will be hauling in massive generators soon. The generators are the size of trucks.  They already have generators on the property, but they want the airport to be fully powered should they lose power like they did in December On December 17, an electrical fire crippled both the main power system and its backup and flights came to a halt. They had an electrical fire in a tunnel. More than 1,400 flights were canceled. After that, airport officials showed Channel 2 Action News their new plan.  They are installing more than 20 industrial generators. They will be at each terminal so if there is another outage, the backup will kick in within ten seconds.