Police still looking for a suspect in Norcross shooting

NORCROSS - A lead in a Norcross homicide investigation didn't pan out and police are still trying to identify the suspect, Norcross police said Wednesday.

Detective Jason Carter of the Norcross Police Department told the Gwinnett Daily Post on Tuesday night police thought they had identified the suspect from Sunday afternoon's fatal shooting.

On Wednesday, Carter said the lead fell through and police are still working on identifying the suspect.

"It turned out to be a dead end," Carter said.

The shooting left a 19-year-old Hispanic man dead and another man injured. Capt. Brian Harr, spokesman for the Norcross Police Department, said Wednesday the identity of the victims could not be released because police were working on notifying the next of kin.

A press release issued Monday said 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-foot-5 and 5-foot-7. Harr said Wednesday that is still the description police are looking for.

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

While responding, Norcross police were alerted to another shooting victim who was 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.

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

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

- Staff writer Arielle Kass contributed to this report.