Three Rome men are facing charges in connection with a shooting incident that happened September 25th in a Burger King parking lot on South Madison Street.

The shooting was first reported as a random act, but it was later determined that the victim was on a food run when one of his friends shot him with a pellet gun.

Rome Police say the three friends didn't want to get into trouble, so they made up the story of an unknown shooter.

The shooter, 35-year old Deron Stinson, was charged with reckless endangerment, falsely reporting an incident and making a punishable written statement.

The victim, 34-year old Allen Lipphardt, and 28-year old Colton Mickle, were both charged with falsely reporting an incident.