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Six suspects named in murder indictment

LAWRENCEVILLE - Six men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from a bloody shootout in May that rocked a Duluth neighborhood.

The shootings left a North Carolina man dead and four wounded, including two who are paralyzed. The violence resulted from a cocaine deal gone awry, said Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter.

Of the six indicted suspects, three have been arrested and booked at the Gwinnett County Jail. The others - Jose Ivan Burgos, Erick Livent-Mejia and Ramil Custodio - remain at large.

"We went ahead and indicted, because once you indict someone, it's easier to extradite them once they're located," Porter said.

The gunfight happened the morning of May 11 on Buckingham Place, a residential street near Old Norcross Road.

Howard Jones, 34, of Jacksonville, N.C., fled the scene with Shawn Brumfield, of Syracuse, N.Y., in a gray Saturn later found at Gwinnett Place Mall. Police found Jones dead and arrested Brumfield at the mall.

Both Brumfield and another man arrested that day, Duluth resident Fermin Aguirre-Garcia, remain at the Gwinnett County Jail on drug charges.

Investigators believe Brumfield and Jones were accompanied by at least one other person when they were ambushed in their vehicle at the home. Several men in a white van pulled up and joined in the fracas before the Saturn sped away, Porter said.

The abandoned van was recovered a few miles from the home the same day.

The 14-count indictment lists the three murder suspects already in custody as Albert Espinal, Jose Reyes and Julio Sanchez.

Others charges include aggravated assault, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Shooting victims Gonzalo Duarte and Areli Torres lost the use of their legs in the gun battle, according to the indictment.