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Man dead, woman critical in Lilburn shooting

Gwinnett Police continue to investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near Lilburn on Tuesday morning.

Gwinnett Police continue to investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near Lilburn on Tuesday morning.

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Fatal shooting near Lilburn

Gwinnett Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred on Jan. 31, 2012 near Lilburn.

Gwinnett Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred on Jan. 31, 2012 near Lilburn.

LILBURN — Police were questioning a man Tuesday in an early morning double-shooting at a Lilburn duplex that left one person dead and another in critical condition, police said.

Responding to a report of gunshots, Gwinnett police arrived at the two-story, yellow home at 2010 Pucketts Drive, located off U.S. Highway 78, to find the victims wounded inside the home about 6:45 a.m.

Police said the man died shortly after being transported from the scene, while the woman remained in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center. Neither were identified Tuesday.

They were the first of five people shot in the span of about seven hours in Gwinnett on Tuesday.

After interviewing several witnesses, police developed a man Ritter called a “potential suspect” whom they were speaking with Tuesday afternoon. That man was not at the scene when police arrived, Ritter said.

“There was several people inside the house at the time of the shooting,” he said. “I don’t know what their relationships are.”

Gwinnett police have no record of responding to the address recently. Ritter was unsure if either victim or the person police were interviewing lived at the residence, he said.

Homicide investigators and the department’s Crime Scene Unit remained on scene into the afternoon, toting out brown-paper evidence bags and speaking with witnesses and family members.

Family and friends gathered to grieve on a nearby street corner. All declined comment.

Babu Varghese, who lives directly across the street, said he frequently sees people coming and going from the duplex. Tenant turnover at the home is high, but crime in the area is unusual, he said.

“I’ve never heard of any instance of crime around that place,” Varghese said.