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Names, some details emerge in Norcross homicide

The Gwinnett County Police Department responds to the scene where two people were found down outside the Celadon Townhome Apartments in Norcross Monday morning. The victims were two white males in their 20's, one was dead from a gunshot wound and the other was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious head trauma.


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The Gwinnett County Police Department responds to the scene where two people were found down outside the Celadon Townhome Apartments in Norcross Monday morning. The victims were two white males in their 20's, one was dead from a gunshot wound and the other was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious head trauma.

The Gwinnett County Police Department responds to the scene where two people were found down outside the Celadon Townhome Apartments in Norcross Monday morning. The victims were two white males in their 20's, one was dead from a gunshot wound and the other was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious head trauma.

NORCROSS — Some details trickled out on Tuesday morning about a homicide incident early Monday in unincorporated Norcross, in a predominantly Hispanic apartment complex.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Ed Ritter said Steven Carden, 28, of Marietta, and Thomas Smith, 28, of Powder Springs, both white males, were found in front of Building F at the Celadon Apartments at 6055 South Norcross Tucker Road at about 7:10 a.m. on Monday. Carden died of an apparent gunshot wound, while Smith was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with “serious head trauma,” and was later interviewed by investigators. Their vehicle was parked at a nearby shopping center.

Ritter said Smith claimed that he and Carden were walking through the apartment complex when they had a brief conversation with two black males.

“Then at some point Mr. Smith was struck from behind by an unknown object,” Ritter said.

Ritter said Monday that there is speculation that the motive behind the incident was a drug-deal-gone-bad.

“But we don’t know that for sure at the moment,” he said.

Investigators continue to look into the motive and sequence of events about the incident, Ritter said.

Staff Writer Tyler Estep contributed to this article.