Man sought in two shootings

NORCROSS - Norcross police are searching for a man involved in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Sunday afternoon.

Police are looking for a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, which may be missing a right-side window and may be driven by a Hispanic man in his early 20s. The man's height is listed as being between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches, Norcross police said Monday.

Capt. Brian Harr, spokesman for the Norcross Police Department, said police do not believe the shooting is gang-related or drug-motivated.

"We believe there was an altercation and someone decided they were going to take out a gun to solve it," Harr said.

Police responded to reports of a person being shot at 5:10 p.m. Sunday. Police arrived at the Los Laureles restaurant on Jimmy Carter Boulevard to find a 19-year-old man in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds.

While responding, Norcross police were alerted to another shooting victim at a Dunkin' Donuts just down the road.

The victim at Los Laureles was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, where he died hours later, Harr said. Police would not release the name of the man because they were unsure whether his family had been notified yet.

The victim at the Dunkin' Donuts had a superficial wound to his calf, Harr said, and was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth. He was released later, Harr said.

After talking to witnesses and the second victim, Harr said Norcross police have strong leads and are working on identifying the shooter. Harr said information the police received leads them to believe the two victims and the shooter knew each other.

Manuel Quiroz, manager of Los Laureles, said he didn't know anything about the incident until police arrived.

Quiroz said he was working at the time and didn't hear any gunshots. Despite the restaurant being crowded and a band playing, he said, he does not believe the shooting occurred in his parking lot.

Quiroz said he thought the victim came into his parking lot after being shot.

Nelo Ali, who was working at the Dunkin' Donuts on Sunday, said she didn't hear anything either, but thought something was wrong when three men and one woman came running her way.

"They ran here to save themselves," Ali said.

Ali said one man came into the store limping and bought a bottle of water. She said when the man went outside and sat on one of the store's benches, she noticed his leg was bleeding.

Ali said a lot of police officers showed up at the doughnut shop 20 to 25 minutes after the injured man arrived.

"You get scared when you see that many police cars," Ali said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call Detective Jason Carter at 770-448-2111, ext. 243, or e-mail him at jcarter@norcrosspd.com.