BUFORD — One man is dead and another wounded in a Tuesday morning incident near the Hall-Gwinnett county line.
Gwinnett Police officers were sent to the Duncan Preserve subdivision off Sardis Church Road before 4 a.m. after a call referencing “discharging firearms” in the area of Express Lane.
A young man in his early 20s was found with a gunshot wound in front of the neighborhood clubhouse at the bottom of Express Lane. He’s now being treated for nonlife-threatening injuries at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, police report.
A nearby resident, Brittany Keziah, was awoken by gunshots just before 3 a.m.
“I’m a pretty light sleeper because my kids still wake me up, so it was about five or six (shots) — pop, pop, pop, pop, pop — real close,” Keziah said, standing on her front lawn watching investigators work. “Then there was a pause for two seconds and then two or three more (shots).”
Her home overlooks the clubhouse and pool area of the subdivision where the shooting occurred.
About 7 a.m., a second victim was found dead 200 to 300 yards away in a vehicle. The second person is believed to have been killed by a gunshot.
The car was found in Hall County along a dirt road that follows power lines that run through the neighborhood.
Investigators believe there was a shooting in front of the clubhouse, after which one of the victims drove down the utility road, where he died. Investigators are looking into whether more people are involved.
The identities of those involved are being withheld until next-of-kin are notified. No arrests have been made and law enforcement continues to investigate the area.
“It was scary because obviously you hate for this to happen, but scary because my kid’s room was right there,” Keziah said, gesturing to her young son’s bedroom, which faces the pool.
Keziah and her neighbor, Laura Reaves, texted each other just before 3 a.m. alarmed by the sounds coming from down the hill. Reaves’ husband called 911 and went outside.
She and Keziah said they heard a car speeding away just after the shooting. Keziah had also stepped outside.
“We heard the shots, I looked out the window and I saw the car come up. I went on my porch because we have cars down there that shouldn’t be all the time,” she said. “... I could hear someone moaning — making noise. At first I didn’t realize what it was.”
She was listening to the wounded man, who was found under a tree in the front of the clubhouse.
Keziah, Reaves and other neighbors in the area were dismayed by the violence in the clean-cut subdivision but not entirely shocked.
Keziah said she and other nearby homeowners have had to call the police multiple times since she moved in two years ago because of illicit activity near the pool, which shuts down in the winter, and the utility access road.
“We have trouble. We’ve had to call the cops multiple times because of people down there — either kids smoking or (underage drinking),” she said. “When the pool closes and there’s not many people driving back and forth, kids will sit down here in the evening because they think nobody is coming back here. Obviously we’ve never had anything this serious before.”
Another neighbor said she’s lived in the area for 16 years and had never seen anything like the shooting on Tuesday, and Keziah said the neighborhood has never felt dangerous.
Investigators pored over the vehicle involved in the shooting, a silver Honda, on the side of Friendship Road through midday on Tuesday. The vehicle had been towed from where officers found it down a hill on the gravel utility road, according to an officer on the scene.
Anyone with information about the case can contact Gwinnett police detectives at 770-513-5300. Anonymous tips can be given at 404-577-8477 or at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.