Police still searching for shooter in innocent man’s death

NORCROSS — Authorities believe Kevin Pierre was an innocent bystander when he was fatally shot outside a Norcross-area apartment complex. As of Tuesday, they were still sifting through a large number of people in hopes of finding his killer.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said some type of fight broke out at the Bradford Gwinnett Apartments off Castor Drive late Sunday, leading to a burst of gunfire and squealing tires as cars fled the scene. At about 12:15 a.m. Monday, an hour after the original incident, an officer scouring a nearby wooded area found Pierre’s 23-year-old body.

Pierre, believed to be a Georgia Gwinnett College student, lived on neighboring Beaver Springs Lane. Witnesses reported that he was not involved in the fight, and police confirmed Tuesday that he was “likely” not an intended target.

Smith said that “at least one person” fired shots during the incident. Detectives are still actively working the case.

“We’re still in the ‘everyone is a suspect’ phase,” Smith said. “We’ve spoken with several persons of interest, but have either ruled them out or not had enough evidence to make charges.”

Gwinnett County police made contact with several people in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and, about 10 minutes later, Norcross police reported they had located an uninjured victim whose car had been shot. That person was interviewed by authorities.

The identities of those believed involved in the incident have not been released. Smith said nobody was in custody or detained in connection with the case and no charges have been filed.