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LAWRENCEVILLE -- A 13-year-old Lawrenceville boy laying in bed Monday night was killed when bullets flew in from a nearby parking lot, police said.
An errant bullet entered the bedroom window of Tre Shambry and struck him in the torso about 10 p.m. Emergency personnel rushed Shambry from his home at the Holland Park Apartment Homes to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he died a short time later, police said.
The shooting occurred in the 1600 block of Holland Place, in a well-maintained, gated complex near Riverside Parkway.
Several residents called 911 at the same time the boy's mother reported he'd been shot. Residents heard between four and six gunshots in a parking lot between two buildings, where at least two people were arguing, police said.
Police found no evidence at the scene to suggest anyone else had been shot.
Witnesses reported the shooters left in two vehicles -- a red passenger car and a silver or gray vehicle, police said.
"It's possible that the parties responsible are unaware that a person was struck by their gunshots," said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly.
Cpl. David Schiralli said police have received no reports recently of suspicious activity at the apartment complex.
Shambry had enrolled in Gwinnett Public Schools after winter break and was attending eighth grade at Creekland Middle School.
"This is a tragic situation, and the school is taking all of the steps it can to help students and staff deal with the loss," said schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach.
Counselors were available Tuesday for students needing assistance. School leaders visited eighth-grade classrooms and planned to send a letter home with students Tuesday afternoon, Roach said.
Police urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact Gwinnett police detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.
Tipsters could be rewarded up to $2,000.