Police investigating Peachtree Corners murder

PEACHTREE CORNERS — Police believe drugs fueled a fatal shooting early Friday at a Peachtree Corners motel.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said officers were called to the Homestead Extended Stay on 7049 Jimmy Carter Boulevard at about 1:20 a.m. Friday in response to a shots fired call.

Upon arrival, officers “discovered a black male laying in the breezeway of the 100 building with multiple gunshot wounds,” Ritter said.

The man later identified as Eric Marshall — a 31- or 32-year-old man who had “recently moved to the area, possibly from California” — was living at the motel alone, Ritter said. He died as officers were arriving at the scene.

Police believe the shooting occurred in the breezeway, and not in an individual room.

“Homicide investigators canvassed the area and interviewed witnesses,” Ritter said. “Investigators are currently following up on all leads.”

The most significant lead produced Friday was the fact that drugs were allegedly found in Marshall’s possession. Authorities would not release what kind, or quantity, of drugs were discovered.

No information about possible suspects has been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300.