A reportedly known drug dealer was shot to death early Tuesday morning in Snellville by men wearing dark camouflage. And police believe that robbery was the motive for the murder.
The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. inside a home at 4407 Haynes Circle, off Centerville Rosebud Road, according to Gwinnett County police.
Officers responded to the scene at 12:54 a.m. after someone called 911 to report that a person had been shot, police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said. When they arrived, they found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Ritter said.
Witnesses told police that two to three unknown men, wearing dark camouflage, entered the home brandishing guns, Ritter said. During an altercation, the victim was shot by one of the suspects and died on scene, he said.
The suspects fled from the scene after the shooting. But it's unclear if they fled in a vehicle the area in a vehicle or in which direction they left.
Police have identified the victim as 35-year-old Antonio Macklin. But it’s unclear why the Lithonia man was at the home in Snellville though police believe the shooting may have resulted from a drug deal gone bad.
“Investigators spoke with several witnesses and learned that the victim was known to sell drugs and believed robbery was the motive for the shooting,” Ritter said.
Police did not say who called 911 and it was unclear who lived at the home and if anyone else was inside at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information regarding this homicide is urged to call Gwinnett County Police investigators at (770) 513-5300.