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Months later, man charged in boy's killing

Joshua Banks

Joshua Banks

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nine months since 13-year-old Tre Shambry was accidentally shot to death as he lay in bed, police believe they've charged the trigger man with murder.

Through months of interviews and door-to-door police work, Gwinnett police detectives amassed enough probable cause to lodge murder charges against Joshua Banks, 25, of Lawrenceville, police said Friday.

Police found Banks in the Gwinnett County Jail, where he's been held since July on unrelated burglary and theft charges. Records show he's been booked about a dozen times since 2002, including a 2003 conviction for financial transaction card fraud.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly said there was no compelling evidence that led to charging Banks this week, just the fruits of traditional police methods.

"This is one of those case, it's a stranger-on-stranger (situation) that there's no underlying motivation for detectives to grab onto and run with," Kelly said. "There was no real break or key, just a lot of dogged police work."

Shambry was in bed the night of Jan. 18 when bullets flew in a nearby parking lot at the Holland Park apartment complex in Lawrenceville. A bullet entered his bedroom window and struck him in the torso. He died a short time later at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Several residents called 911 to report gunshots in a parking lot between two buildings, where they told police at least two people had been arguing.

Kelly said there's no indication that anyone was shooting that night but Banks. No other injuries were reported.

"He fired the fatal shot," Kelly said.

Banks didn't live near the complex, and his motives for being there remain unclear, Kelly said. He faces additional charges of murder and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. As before, he remains jailed without bond.

Shambry had recently enrolled in Gwinnett Public Schools and was attending eighth grade at Lawrenceville's Creekland Middle School.

Though new to the area, Shambry had made friends and begun weight-training to join the Collins Hill High School freshman football team, friends said at the time.

Kelly said the case was particularly sensitive for detectives because the victim was so young. He said no further arrests are expected.