Two suspects arrested in South Gwinnett shooting

SNELLVILLE -- Investigators have arrested two suspected gang members in connection with a Friday shooting on the campus of a Snellville Elementary School, upping the arrest total to three.

Police don't believe either suspect -- Leander Smith, 17, or Brad Alexander Louden, 18, both of Loganville -- shot the 16-year-old victim, though both were reportedly armed with handguns.

The shooting happened Friday night at Britt Elementary School after a football scrimmage at nearby South Gwinnett High School. The victim, Donya Dorch, 16, of Suwanee, who was struck in the chest, remained hospitalized Wednesday, said Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead.

A Gwinnett Public Schools spokesman said Louden was enrolled as a senior at the Hooper Renwick School and Smith is in eighth grade at Grace Snell Middle School, though the latter did not attend classes this year.

Police wouldn't elaborate on their alleged gang involvement, but arrest warrants show Smith admitted to having a "captain" rank in whatever gang set he claims.

Both face felony weapons possession and gang participation charges. Smith also faces aggravated assault charges for aiming his weapon at another person who was not shot and threatening to pull the trigger, his arrest warrant says.

The weapons were found in the homes of both suspects during searches, Whitehead said.

The lone suspected shooter, age 16, awaits potential prosecution as an adult. He's being held in a juvenile facility, Whitehead said. His name has not been released.

"We are not sure at this point if more arrests will be made, but that remains a possibility," Whitehead said.