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Man hurt in Gwinnett shooting

Man hurt in Gwinnett shooting

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating a shooting in unincorporated Snellville.

It happened at around 12:15 a.m. Monday at a house in the 2900 block of Trotters Pointe Drive, off Everson Road. A woman called police to report that her fiancé was shot in the back as he slept.

Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Troy Tobler said investigators determined several suspects pulled up outside the couple's home, shot at the house and then drove away.

The victim, a man in his 40's, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Tobler said he is expected to recover.

Police are now looking for a four-door pickup truck, possibly black or maroon, in connection with this crime.

Tobler said police do not believe the shooting was random, but think the victim was an unintended target.

Bank robbery suspect shot dead by Gwinnett police

Bank robbery suspect shot dead by Gwinnett police

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County police officer shot and killed a bank robbery suspect Monday morning.

The suspect was shot shortly after 9 a.m. after reportedly robbing the Wells Fargo at Lawrenceville Highway and Bethesda School Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators responded to an armed robbery call at the bank. The suspect ran from the Wells Fargo to Bethesda United Methodist Church, about half a mile away, where he was confronted by a police officer in the rear parking lot.

Police said the suspect hit the officer over the head with an "Airsoft gun". The officer fired several shots, hitting the suspect multiple times and killing him. The suspect was identified as 24 year old John Schneider.

The police officer was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and treated for a cut on his head.

Lawrenceville man charged with beating stepchild to death

Lawrenceville man charged with beating stepchild to death

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Lawrenceville Police have charged a 35-year-old man with fatally beating his stepchild.

The 2-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was found unresponsive in a back bedroom at Bertrand Hounkpatin's home on Jan. 25.

Police said Hounkpatin disciplined the victim shortly before the child was found, and an 11-year-old sibling tried to perform CPR on the baby. The victim was later pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Autopsy results released Tuesday revealed that a pattern of abuse contributed to the child's death, according to police. None of the other children living in Hounkpatin's house showed signs of abuse.

Hounkpatin was charged with felony murder and three counts of cruelty to children. He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

Man fatally shot in Gwinnett

Man fatally shot in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 35-year-old man was shot to death in Gwinnett County Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened at around 1 a.m. in the 4400 block of Haynes Circle SE in Snellville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the victim, Antonio Macklin, was shot after a disagreement and was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police Macklin was a well-known drug dealer in the area and said they believe robbery was the motive for the shooting.

The suspects were described as two or three men wearing dark camouflage. They ran from the home after shooting Macklin.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5300.

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Gwinnett townhouse fire ruled arson

Gwinnett townhouse fire ruled arson

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A recent townhouse fire in Snellville has been ruled arson by the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The fire broke out at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Highpoint Road. Gwinnett County Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said it was spotted by a passerby. The fire started in a front room near the home's entryway and caused moderate damage.

Evidence at the scene led investigators to determine the fire was intentionally set, according to Rhoden. A similar fire in the same townhouse in September 2013 may have also been arson. Officials are now looking in to both fires.

Rhoden said no one was home at the time of Tuesday's fire.

Arson is a felony and carries a sentence of 1 to 20 years in jail. Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone who can help investigators is asked to call Gwinnett County Fire at 678-518-4890.

Gwinnett man convicted of child molestation

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 38-year-old Lawrenceville man has been convicted in Cobb County of molesting a young girl.

Adrian "Shawn" Burney was found guilty Thursday on two counts of child molestation. He will be sentenced Mar. 28 and faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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Burney was previously jailed in Alabama after pleading guilty to raping two underage girls in that state. He was brought to Cobb County upon being paroled.

The Georgia victim, now 24, testified in court. She told jurors Burney lived with her family and began molesting her when she was 8 years old. The abuse continued for four years and consisted of Burney touching the victim inappropriately and exposing himself to her.