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Investigators hope 911 calls might help solve murder-suicide

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police are sorting through as many as 20 calls to 911 from that murder suicide at the Piggly Wiggly Sunday.

Few details have been released about the case and investigators say they still aren't sure why 27 year old Tommy Lamar Junior pulled a handgun and shot 18 year old Scott Hutzell and then himself.

Investigators again today talked with the teenager who was with Scott Hutzell when Hutzell was gunned down inside the Piggly Wiggly Sunday. Police have also talked with store employees who indicated they could identify Tommy Lamar. Two days later police say they're still looking for a motive in the murder-suicide.

"I think that's the biggest question at this point as to why this shooting occurred, so investigators are doing just what they need to do to determine a motive in the case," said Phyllis Banks-Whitley, Albany Police Media Manager.

Investigators continue to pour over the Piggly Wiggly's surveillance video. "Based on information they got from witnesses there was no sudden disturbance in the store. I believe they are still reviewing the surveillance video," said Banks-Whitley.

They're also reviewing as many as 20 calls made to 911 just after the shooting, that police feel may reveal some important details of the event. Our requests to hear the tapes have been denied.

"Since investigators are still conducting interviews trying to talk to witnesses and families that is part of the ongoing investigation," said Banks-Whitley.

They also need the communities help and ask anyone who may know information about Hutzell or Lamar to call investigators or Crimestoppers.

"I would say this case is no different than any other case where we look to the community for assistance in providing information so if anyone has information like that we urge them to call the investigative unit," said Banks-Whitley.

It could help police as they continue to determine whether there was a relationship between the two men.

The crime lab is still processing the case, but WALB News ten has learned Scott Hutzell was shot in the chest, Tommy Lamar died as a result of a gunshot to the head.


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