Driver killed in shooting, crash off busy Gwinnett County road, police say

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police are investigating a deadly shooting that resulted in the driver crashing his car into a tree.

The crash happened at a home along Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain Thursday morning.

Police told Channel 2 Action News they received a 911 call from a homeowner about a car in their front yard.

When officers arrived, they found the driver with a gunshot wound behind the wheel. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unknown where he was shot in the first place. There are evidence markers in the lane where he was driving.

The victim has not been identified yet.

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Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach talked to the homeowner, who heard the small, white SUV crash into a tree early Sunday morning. Dennis Meraz said he ran outside to see if he could help.

“I check in the car, the guy is living inside,” Meraz said. He also said the car was still running and music was still playing.

Meraz said he doesn’t speak very good English, and that the man tried to say something to him but Meraz didn’t understand him. Meraz called 911 and Gwinnett County Officers arrived to find the man had died.

Gehlbach could see obvious holes in the SUV as investigators towed it away. Police said no one reported any gunshots in the area.