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Man, daughter should recover
Father, toddler shot on Saturday

SNELLVILLE - A father and his 2-year-old daughter are expected to recover from a double shooting Saturday as police work to piece the bizarre scenario together.

Police said the father was shot while holding his infant daughter after he had argued with another man at a townhome on Spruce Circle in Snellville. Neither victim has been identified.

A friend called 911 just after 10 p.m., telling dispatchers the wounded victims would be at a Walgreens on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth - more than 10 miles away.

"I don't know why they drove there to the Walgreens," said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman Monday.

A high concentration of Gwinnett police were in the area at the time, working another double shooting in a Bahama Breeze parking lot about a half mile away. One man died in that incident.

Spellman wouldn't say where the victims were physically shot. Both are being treated at area hospitals and should survive their injuries, she said.

Spellman said police have yet to pinpoint a suspect or motive in the case.

Neighbors near the shooting scene seem equally baffled.

The shootings happened at the Avalon Circle subdivision off Highpoint Road, a wooded enclave of townhomes and apartments embedded in a steep hill.

Outside the two-story residence where the shootings occurred, plastic water guns, hats and shoes are splayed in the grass and bushes. A woman living next door said she doesn't know her neighbors, nor did she hear the shootings.

A pest controller working in the residence said the home was vacated Monday but the television and lights remained on. No one answered a knock at the door.

A phone number listed to the residence under the name Mario Paez has been disconnected.

Police urge anyone with information about the shooting to call 770-513-5300.