LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have nabbed a second -- and likely final -- murder suspect in a Lawrenceville burglary that morphed into a fatal shooting when an apartment tenant and his friend came home unexpectedly Sunday night.
Lawrenceville police on Thursday charged Gainesville resident Issac Sandoval, 22, with murder, armed robbery and weapons possession during the commission of a crime.
That arrest came two days after police nabbed Lawrenceville resident Steven Green, 28, an alleged co-conspirator of Sandoval's.
From the outset, police said the burglary of unit No. 109 at the Cedargate Apartments off Longleaf Drive in Lawrenceville did not appear random.
Lawrenceville police Lt. G.M. Kotkiewicz told the Daily Post on Friday that Sandoval and Green had been to the apartment before to buy marijuana and prescription drugs. They returned to pilfer the home about 10 p.m. when the tenant, Shyrome Marshall, returned from the store with his friend, Anthony Augustus, police said.
Marshall told police he was pistol-whipped in an ensuing struggle. Augustus, 24, was shot once in the abdomen and later died at Gwinnett Medical Center. Marshall was treated and released from hospital care.
"Augustus didn't live there -- he was just giving (Marshall) a ride," Kotkiewicz said. "I don't know if (Augustus) had any connection to the activities going on in that apartment."
Green and Sandoval remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, pending probable cause hearings.
Kotkiewicz said investigators are awaiting the results of forensic tests in hopes of determining if both intruders were armed and who fired the fatal shot.