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Gainesville man charged in Suwanee shooting also ‘person of interest’ in fatal stabbing
Joshua Brandt
Joshua Brandt

A Gainesville man charged with murder in a Suwanee shooting is also a person of interest in a stabbing death roughly two weeks before that, authorities say. 

Joshua Brandt, 18, was charged with aggravated assault and murder by Gwinnett County Police in connection with an Aug. 7 shooting at a Satellite Boulevard business. The shooting killed James Ross, 38, of Loganville.  

Thomas Clegg, Brandt’s defense attorney, has not returned a request for comment. 

Ross was found by Gwinnett police inside the Suwanee business at about 2:30 p.m., police said. 

Suwanee Police Lt. Robert Thompson said his department also responded to the shooting scene and shared information that led to Brandt’s arrest. 

Thompson also said Brandt “continues to be a person of interest” in an ongoing investigation into the fatal stabbing of William Slade Petty, 18, of Suwanee. 

Suwanee Police officers found Petty dead with multiple stab wounds around 8:50 a.m. July 27 outside of The Residences on McGinnis Ferry apartments, Thompson said. The sheriff’s office and police department in Gwinnett County assisted in the search of the area for the suspect.  

No suspect information in that incident has been released. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suwanee Police Department at 470-360-6735. 

Gwinnett police have not provided any new information on what led up to the Aug. 7 shooting or any suspected motive. 

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