16-year-old dead, 17-year-old injured after shooting in Gwinnett supermarket parking lot

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police are investigating a double shooting in a parking lot that left a 16-year-old dead and 17-year-old injured.

Police responded Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. to the La Mexicana Supermarket off Beaver Ruin Road. When officers arrived, they found a 17-year-old with a gunshot wound.

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Police said they learned another gunshot victim drove away from the scene. They later found the 16-year-old inside his car less than a mile away on Vernon Street. He died from his injuries.

Police identified him as Ryan Rodriguez Romero of Peachtree Corners. The 17-year-old, identified as Elizabeth Bravo, is stable.


Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins obtained surveillance video from a nearby business that showed the chaotic moments that unfolded after the shooting.

“It was like a pack of firecrackers going off,” supermarket Alberto Santos told Rawlins. “I did see the girl come in, holding her abdomen.”

What led to the shooting remains unclear.

Detectives are urging anyone with information to contact them at 770-513-5300.

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