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15-year-old fatally shot behind Buford gas station

A 15-year-old was fatally shot after midnight Monday, July 1, behind a Buford gas station, police said.

Branden Gerena, of Buford, was transported to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.

Police are actively investigating the shooting at a Thompson Mill Road gas station.

“They have learned the victim and his friend, a witness, were at the location when a black male in his 20s approached them. The suspect fired a shot striking the victim,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Jake Smith wrote in a news release.

The suspect, described as a black man in his 20s, ran from the scene.

He was seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket with red lettering and a backward baseball hat.

Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect is asked to call police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at 404-577-8477.

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