Cops: Man shoots two neighbors

LILBURN -- Police believe a man had complained about upstairs neighbors making too much noise before opening fire on them Wednesday evening, eventually turning the gun on himself during a four-hour, SWAT-involving incident.

Gwinnett County police responded to the Indian Trail Apartment Homes near Steve Reynolds Boulevard on Indian Trail-Lilburn Road at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, finding two victims shot, spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

While those unidentified victims, a couple that lived above the suspect, were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police sealed off the apartment complex with several dozen squad cars and evacuated buildings that surrounded the unit they believed the male suspect to be hiding in.

With the SWAT team using robots to break his door down, the suspect, identified Wednesday only as a black man, was found dead just before 10 p.m., Ritter said.

All this, police believe, was about a noise complaint.

"(The suspect) confronted them, they continued to make noise, and this time he confronted them with a gun," Ritter said. "He forced entry into their apartment, shot them and retreated back to his apartment."

With SWAT, bomb and mobile operations units on the scene, apartments were evacuated and no one was allowed to enter the complex for almost four hours. Officers weren't sure exactly where the suspect was, or if he had any hostages with him.

The original thought was to find the suspect, believed to be carrying a "high-powered weapon, a rifle of some sort), and negotiate their way to him. After implementing robotic technolgy, that proved to be unnecessary.

"They forced entry with the robot, and upon entry with the robot they found him dead on the floor from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Ritter said.

The shooter's male victim was expected to be released from the hospital later Wednesday night, with the female to be cleared sometime today, Ritter said.