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Reward offered for information on Gainesville slaying
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The shooter, who has been drawn in a composite sketch, was described as being between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 6 inches with a stocky build.

A reward is being offered for information on the fatal shooting last week on Carlton Street in Gainesville.

Dennis Gayton, 47, was shot around 9:30 p.m. April 4 on Carlton Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“Two male suspects allegedly attempted to rob Gayton during drug-related activity,” Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said in a news release. “The shooter fired into the vehicle during the incident, killing Gayton, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree.”

Gayton’s 15-year-old son was in the car and witnessed the homicide.

“Gayton’s children were supposed to be in the custody of a relative as directed by the (Division) of Family and Children Services at the time of the shooting,” Holbrook said.

Gayton’s son received minor injuries either in the crash or leaving the scene, Holbrook said.

The two male suspects ran away toward Mill Street in the Newtown community, according to police.

The shooter, who has been drawn in a composite sketch, was described as being between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 6 inches with a stocky build. The other subject was described as being “taller with a skinny build,” Holbrook said.

“We are certain that someone in the area has information that can assist us in this case,” Holbrook said.

Anyone with information is asked to use the anonymous Crime Stoppers Atlanta tipline at 404-577-8477 or going online at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Tipsters giving information leading to an arrest and indictment can receive a reward up to $2,000.

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