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1 charged, 1 wanted for shooting of bystander whose body was found an hour later

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One man has been charged and another is on the run for the shooting of a 23-year-old man whose body was found about an hour after several shots were fired near an apartment complex in Gwinnett County last week. But the victim, police said, was not the intended target.

Sherwin Johnson, 39, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, Gwinnett County police said Thursday. Quinton Hall, 29, is wanted for similar charges, police said.

Detectives believe that the incident began as a dispute between acquaintances, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. The dispute escalated into a physical fight during which shots were fired, he said.

The victim, Kevin Pierre, was not involved in the dispute, Smith said. Detectives believe the victim was struck by a stray shot and fled the scene on foot before succumbing to his injury.

The shooting happened around 11:15 p.m. on April 13 while several people were in the area near the Bradford Gwinnett Apartments at 100 Castor Drive, Smith said. Several shots were fired that Sunday night at the complex in Norcross.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found several people, but did not immediately find evidence of anyone being shot, Smith said. Investigators notified local hospitals to be on the lookout for gunshot victims, he said.

Then at 12:12 a.m., an officer who was checking the area on foot located a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Smith said. The man was found in a wooded area behind 2092 Beaver Springs Lane near the apartment complex, he said.

Pierre, who lived on Beaver Springs Lane, was shot during the incident about an hour earlier, Smith said. It's unclear how many times he was shot or where he was struck. It's also unclear what he was doing at the complex.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Quinton Hall is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (404) 557-8477 or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters are eligible to receive up to $2000 for information leading to Hall’s capture. To speak with a GCPD Homicide detective, please contact (770) 513-5300.

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