2 indicted in fatal shootings

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury indicted two men - one an assault-rifle-wielding Stone Mountain resident, the other a known gang member - suspected in fatal shootings in separate cases this week, court records show.

The more recent case involves the June 27 shooting death of Deontae Kimber, 19, killed in a gunfight outside a Stone Mountain home.

Elliot Ford is charged with shooting Kimber to death with an assault rifle after Kimber showed up at Ford's Rockwood Way home with three other men and Ford's girlfriend.

According to police, Kimber opened fire with a handgun on Ford following an argument. Shot once, Ford allegedly retreated into his home, retrieved the rifle and began spraying rounds into his yard.

Kimber and Ford exchanged gunfire as they circled a blue Monte Carlo parked in the driveway. Police said Kimber was shot as many as 20 times.

Ford was indicted on single counts of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of felony.

In a separate bill, a Gwinnett teen known to associate with a violent street gang was indicted in the murder of Aurelio Vasquez, 30.

Authorities believe Pascual Lopez, 18, shot Vasquez as he walked to his Graves Road apartment from a nearby store July 22 last year. The motive for Vasquez's killing was robbery, police have said.

Lopez is an illegal Mexican immigrant and known member of "MS-13" - a notoriously violent crew based in El Salvador, police said in an earlier hearing. A detective testified the two men knew each other.

Lopez faces counts of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.