Cops catch suspect in '08 killing

Miguel Elorza

Miguel Elorza

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Atlanta police arrested a Gwinnett man this week wanted for opening fire on a carload of teenagers in 2008, killing one, police said.

An Atlanta police officer arrested Miguel Elorza, 41, on Sunday after pulling him over for allegedly running a red light and finding him wanted on Gwinnett warrants dating back to November 2008.

Elorza was transported on Monday to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he remains without bond, charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police said the former Lawrenceville resident had been on the lam, his whereabouts unknown, since the night of Nov. 24, 2008.

Elorza is accused of shooting Alberto Coreas, 17, once in the head that night, killing him as he tried to flee from Elorza's Sir Scott Court home in a Nissan. The victim had reportedly come to the house with two other teens to beat up Elorza's son, who they suspected was a rival gang member.

After Elorza fired several shots into the fleeing car -- killing Coreas and grazing the head of 14-year-old Fabien Ribera -- he vanished, police said. The third teen in the car was uninjured.

Police suspected at least one of the teens in the car could have been affiliated with "Norenos-13," or "N-13," a violent Hispanic gang with roots in California. Evidence showed the teen in Elorza's home could have belonged to rival "La Raza," police said.

None of the teenage victims were enrolled in Gwinnett Public Schools, officials said at the time.

Police said Elorza confronted the teens in his driveway, and they ordered him to bring his son outside. Instead, Elorza allegedly retrieved a handgun, prompting the teens to speed away as he opened fire.

Coreas crashed into a Chevrolet Blazer parked nearby, where responding police found them moments later.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said Elorza, listed as a Mexico native, appears to be a legal resident.