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Authorities seek help to ID suspect

SNELLVILLE - Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect involved in a recent Snellville home invasion in which a 13-year-old girl was shot and wounded, police said.

Elsia Ortiz, who is expected to fully recover from her injuries sustained in the June 6 incident, was allegedly shot by a masked man who was with a partner. That person is described as a 25- to 30-year-old black man weighing 200-230 pounds with dreadlocks, according to Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

A police sketch of the man was released Tuesday afternoon.

"Investigators are currently working viable leads into the identities of both suspects, and believe that the incident was a random act," Schiralli said Tuesday.

The duo forced their way in the girl's apartment in the 1800 block of Noble Forest Drive in Norcross at 5:45 p.m. June 6.

Inside, the men held a family of four at gunpoint and demanded that the girl's father, Henry Ortiz, hand over his wallet and vehicle. During the robbery, the masked man allegedly shot Elsia Ortiz. The duo then fled in the family's blue Chevy Astro van.

Police recovered the van in the same apartment complex about an hour after the incident. Police are unsure how the suspects left the scene.

The family was unable to provide any identifiable features of the masked man, Schiralli said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300.