LAWRENCEVILLE — Three men were found dead from gunshot wounds in and around a vacant Lawrenceville apartment unit Wednesday night.
Gwinnett County police reported to a neighborhood of apartment-style duplexes off Cannonball Court — just a few blocks from the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Sugarloaf Parkway — at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday when a passerby reported seeing one of the victims lying in a breezeway. When police arrived they discovered two more bodies inside an unoccupied unit, spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.
All three victims were described only as adult black males. One was believed to be in his 40s.
No information regarding a suspect or potential motive was released Wednesday. Smith did not believe anyone in the area reported hearing gunshots, and said it was possible the bodies had been dumped there, though it was early in the investigation.
“We’re not sure how long the bodies were there before (the call came in),” Smith said. “There is a lot of traffic in this neighborhood, so presumably not a long time. But that’s just speculation.”
No evidence of drugs was readily apparent at the scene.
Smith said police were in the neighborhood off Wabash Drive “on a fairly regular basis.”
“This is a neighborhood that we’re in from time to time,” he said. “There have been various things that occurred in this neighborhood before. Nothing quite like this, of course.”
Wednesday night’s events mark the fourth multiple-homicide scene police in Gwinnett have dealt with already in 2012.
Last Tuesday, Norcross police were on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide at a well-known Korean spa off Buford Highway. It’s believed gunman Jeong Soo Paek shot and killed his two sisters and their husbands before turning the gun on himself that night.
That incident arguably replaced the events of Jan. 31 as the bloodiest day in the county since the 1980s. On that day, six people were shot — and three killed — in unrelated shootings in Buford and Lilburn.
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