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Three shot, two dead in Buford shooting

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
A couple, who neighbors identify as relatives to a victim, show their emotions while speaking with an investigator with the Gwinnett County Police Department on Tuesday afternoon outside a home off Ivy Crest Dr. Police say three people were shot, killing two.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A couple, who neighbors identify as relatives to a victim, show their emotions while speaking with an investigator with the Gwinnett County Police Department on Tuesday afternoon outside a home off Ivy Crest Dr. Police say three people were shot, killing two.

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Scene of a triple shooting in Buford

Scene of a triple shooting in Buford

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Officials with the Gwinnett County Police Department gather outside the home off Ivy Crest Drive in Buford where a triple shooting occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

BUFORD — Gwinnett police are investigating a triple shooting in Buford that left two dead and another in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, the day’s second fatal shooting within county lines.

Police arrived at the scene at 2283 Ivy Crest Drive — off Kilgore Road near South Bogan Road — just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, discovering two deceased victims, described only as a white male and a black male, inside the home.

“Moments later another shooting victim was located at a nearby residence,” police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

That third victim, another white male, had wandered up the street to another residence before being transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition.

The identities of the deceased were not released Tuesday. No information about possible suspects or motive was immediately available.

The victims’ connection to the home was unclear.

“I don’t know ... whether or not they lived here, or were renters or owned the house, or any information like that,” Ritter said.

One neighbor interviewed Tuesday said that the home — which had a “for sale” sign out front — had been in foreclosure and empty “for a long time.”

Dan Whitener has lived in the home next door for 20 years. He said that a woman seen crying while being interviewed by investigators was the owner of the home, and that he believed her son had been “taking care” of the home recently.

“It’s a good neighborhood,” Whitener said, reflecting on past block parties and residents, “but not as good as it used to be.”

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the inside of the home early Tuesday evening. Ritter called the investigation “lengthy.”

The shooting in Buford was the second of the day for Gwinnett County police. One man was killed and a woman in critical condition after an early-morning shooting at a Lilburn duplex off Pucketts Drive (STORY HERE).

Ritter said the two incidents were “completely unrelated.”

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Triple shooting in Buford leaves two dead

Police brief the media on the scene of a triple shooting in Buford on Jan. 31.

Police brief the media on the scene of a triple shooting in Buford on Jan. 31.

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bufordga 2 years, 11 months ago

My big concern is WHY didn't the police notify the 2 local elementary schools so they could go into lockdown mode until the suspect was caught. It was very alarming to see 4 armed police officers at my children's school looking for the suspect when there were kids on the playground and parents lining up for car pool. Luckily, our children were spared from Gwinnett County Police's incompetant actions.

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NewsReader 2 years, 10 months ago

I concur. Both Patrick Elementary School and Harmony Elementary School should have been locked down. Why weren't they?

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Don_Coyote 2 years, 11 months ago

While I don't expect the police to be too forthcoming about details regarding an incident like this one, I would expect pertinent information to the public regarding any public safety issues. I live in the neighborhood where this incident occurred and now after nearly 24 hours I have not heard via official or even media sources if there is cause for alarm above that already generated by dozens of emergency vehicles, news media and noisy low hovering helicopters for hours on end.

Were the 3 persons shot the only ones involved? Are there possibilities of others at large? Is this considered to be random or were the victims targeted specifically?

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