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Police arrest one suspect, looking for another in shooting of Buford 15-year-old
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Savion Dillard, left, and Denzel Wilburn

Gwinnett County Police arrested one man and are looking for a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy behind a Buford gas station, police said.

Denzel Wilburn, 21, of Buford, was arrested Wednesday, July 3, and taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Police consider Savion Dillard, 20, of Jonesboro, on the run.

Police have been investigating the Monday, July 1, death of Branden Gerena, of Buford, who authorities said was shot behind a Thompson Mill Road gas station.

“Detectives believe that Dillard and Wilburn traveled to the incident location to rob the victim and witness, who were selling marijuana.  Dillard is believed to have shot the suspect, while Wilburn drove the vehicle and received proceeds of the robbery and murder,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles wrote in a news release.

Dillard and Wilburn were both charged with armed robbery. Wilburn was solely charged with possession of marijuana, while Dillard faces the most serious charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

“Dillard is on the run and has active warrants for his arrest,” Rundles wrote.

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


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