UPDATE #1: Homicide Robbery Related, Not Road Rage
UPDATE - The deceased person has been identified as Junior Lanuza-Gutierrez (H/M, 16 years old). His next of kin have been notified. Erik Vargas (H/M, 20 years old) was also shot during the incident and remains in critical condition at a local hospital. Detectives have determined this incident was not the result of road rage, but rather stemmed from a robbery attempt. The five passengers of the “victim” vehicle, a gray Nissan Altima, attempted to rob an unknown subject in the parking lot of 950 Indian Trail Road. The person(s) they were attempting to rob shot at the Nissan Altima, which fled the scene. The occupants made up a story about being the victims of road rage and called police. Officers, detectives, and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the shooting location and processed the scene.
The three occupants of the Nissan Altima who were not shot have been charged with felony murder and criminal attempt at robbery. All three were arrested and are in custody at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. The arrested subjects are:
Harry Richardson (B/M, 20 years old)
Anthoney Esquero (H/M, 18 years old)
Kevin Gallardo (H/M, 17 years old)
Detectives are still trying to identify the person(s) who fired the shots. If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.StopCrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.
ORIGINAL RELEASE - On Tuesday, November 12 shortly before 10:30pm officers from the West Precinct responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 700 Indian Trail Lilburn Road. Lilburn Police initially responded and it was determined that the incident took place in the unincorporated area of Lilburn. Officers located a vehicle with five male occupants and two of them had been shot. Both victims were transported to an area hospital where one died as a result of his injuries. The other was reported to be in critical condition.
Detectives and Crime Scene units responded to the scene for investigation. It was reported that the incident began on I-85N in reference to road rage. The victims exited onto Indian Trail Lilburn Road and between there and Dickens Road an unknown number of shots were fired. The victims ended stopping in the area of 700 Indian Trail Lilburn Road. The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 19-104768