Wounded man charged with murder in Buford 'firefight'

BUFORD -- A fourth shooting victim has emerged from what police described as a firefight over a soured drug deal in a Buford neighborhood Tuesday, and investigators have charged him with murder.

Gwinnett police charged Haile Lewis, 23, of Lawrenceville, with murder, aggravated assault and drug possession in what has been upgraded to a quadruple shooting at 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford. The firefight left two people dead, including a man who lived at the residence, Daniel Turpin, 23, and another who traveled with the murder suspect to the home, Trenton Jones, 23, of Lawrenceville.

Like Lewis, a fourth man who was shot, Justin Kendall, 23, of Buford, is expected to fully recover.

Police on Wednesday said the shootings resulted from a drug deal at the home brokered by Turpin. Lewis and Jones came to Turpin's home about 2 p.m. to make a deal with him and Kendall but the transaction went south, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

"The deal fell through, and Lewis began beating Turpin when gunfire erupted from both parties," Ritter said. "Once the gunfire ended, Turpin and Jones lay deceased at the residence."

Kendall ran to a nearby residence with multiple gunshot wounds seeking help, while Lewis left in a vehicle, also with multiple gunshot wounds. Lewis later showed up at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital in a stolen car seeking medical treatment, Ritter said.

Gwinnett investigators soon developed probable cause to charge Lewis. The investigation continues.

Ritter said a 17-year-old girl was also inside the Buford house, but in another location.

"This female did not witness the incident and had no connection with the transaction," he said.