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One charged after 3 shot in Norcross

NORCROSS - An embattled corner of Norcross became the scene of a triple shooting and a fatal pedestrian accident Sunday night.

Police said three people were shot in the parking lot outside the Corona Billiards at the corner of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road.

All three are expected to live, but a man died in the area about the same time - 10:15 p.m. Sunday - when he was struck and killed by car in an unrelated incident.

Police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said investigators believe the shooting to be gang-related. Police arrested one of the victims, 22-year-old Juan Rafael Mazariego, after he was treated and released from Gwinnett Medical Center. He was charged with aggravated assault and is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center with no bond.

The other two victims have been identified as:

•Franco Guevara, 23 of unknown address. Guevara was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

•Juan Patino, whose age and address are unknown. Patino was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital but he is expected to survive.

At the nearby collision, Jose Abundio Espinosa-Rosales, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene. It occurred on Singleton Road in between the billiards place and a QuickTrip, where two of the shooting victims went after the shots were fired.

Police have not charged 36-year-old Curtis Hunter of Lawrenceville, who was driving a '94 Honda Accord when it struck Espinosa-Rosales.

Moloney said police believe Espinosa-Rosales was under the influence of alcohol and was not at a designated crosswalk when he entered the roadway, while walking from a local bar off Thompson Parkway toward his apartment in the area.

The violence this weekend was no surprise to Chuck Warbington, who is working with business owners to try to revive the area.

"Crime is one of the biggest issues we have. It's driving a lot of business away," said Warbington, the executive director of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. "I'm not surprised that gangs were involved. We're having a lot of that in the area."

In the same realm, Warbington said the Jimmy Carter Boulevard/Singleton Road neighborhood is one of the worst in the county when it comes to pedestrians. In fact, the CID is hosting a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the nearby Global Mall to plan better ways to cross roads and to educate the public.

"Having someone hit and killed there is not a surprise at all," he said. "We want to figure out what is the best thing to do there."