Gwinnett County police have arrested a Lawrenceville man in connection with the death of a woman found shot to death inside her home on Monday morning.

Ray Charles Evans, 31, faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of Shakiyla Sample, 29. Police said officers responded to a “Person shot” call shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Prospect Church Road in Lawrenceville.

When officers arrived, they entered the home and found Sample dead from a gunshot wound, police said.

Detectives are investigating the motive for the shooting, and the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene, police said. Gwinnett police were assisted by the Forsyth County SWAT team in the arrest of Evans.

The homicide is the third in Gwinnett County in the past 24 hours.

Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers, which lets tipsters remain anonymous, at 404-577-8477. They can also visit

There is a cash reward offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest and indictment. Tipsters are asked to reference case No. 21075777.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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Gwinnett County is the new Dekalb County. I've read of 3 murders on Sunday alone?


This isn't your parents Gwinnett county. Welcome to the new normal.

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