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Cops: Deadly home invasion not random

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police on Wednesday said an investigation has revealed a home invasion that turned deadly at a Lawrenceville townhouse last weekend was not a random act.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said detectives continue to investigate, as they have since the Saturday afternoon shooting. Further details weren't publicly divulged.

"Detectives do not believe that this was a random event, but instead believe the victims were specifically targeted," Smith told the Daily Post.

According to investigators, residents of the affected neighborhood need not be concerned about further threats to their safety stemming from the incident. "This is not to say that residents ... should not remain vigilant," Smith said.

Police responded to a burglary in progress at 1:45 p.m. Saturday and found the body of 24-year-old Anthony Quinn Johnson Jr. of Lawrenceville. Also at the residence were a man and woman, who lived there. Both were unharmed, police said.

Police believe Johnson was part of a robbing crew that burst in the home soon before he was shot. Others with Johnson fled the scene, police said.