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Man, 23, shot to death at party at hotel in Gwinnett; gang involvement suspected

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A 23-year-old man was shot to death at a party inside a hotel room early Wednesday morning in Gwinnett County — and police said they suspect his murder may be gang related. Still, so far, police said they have no suspect and those who witnessed the shooting are not cooperating with the investigation.

Around 2 a.m. officers responded to the Quality Inn at 3500 Venture Pkwy. in Duluth after getting a report of a person shot, according to Gwinnett County police. The person who called 911 had transported the victim to a local hospital, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Some officers responded to the hospital while others went to the scene of the shooting, Smith said. Investigators at the crime scene learned that there had been a party in a room at the Quality Inn prior to the shooting, he said. But obtaining the details of what happened proved difficult.

“Most of the witnesses were generally uncooperative with the investigation,” Smith said. “The only description of the suspects obtained so far is one masked man and one without a mask.”

Investigators are looking at the possibility of gang involvement, Smith said. But he did not say why.

Officers responding to the hospital learned that the victim had been shot, Smith said. The victim was identified as Paris Brown, he said. Brown died around 10 a.m. as a result of his injuries, the spokesman said. Police did not say if he was shot more than once or where on his body he was shot.

Police were not able to get any information on the suspects’ vehicle, he said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call GCPD Homicide Unit detectives at (770) 513-5300. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-877 or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters are eligible to receive up to $2000.00 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

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