Gwinnett County

Second arrest made in murder of Gwinnett teen

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police have made a second arrest in the shooting death of a teen Saturday night.

Jacquorrius Madison, 19, was killed just before 6 p.m. Saturday during a fight along Grove Street in Loganville, which neighbors say is normally a quiet and safe area.

Terrance Elisha Thornton, 17, was arrested Sunday night and charged with murder and armed robbery. Authorities said the shooting was likely drug-related.

(Left: Terrance Elisha Thornton, Right: Joshua Cook) 

Thornton is listed on the Chamblee Charter High School's website as a member of the spring 2017 varsity baseball team.

Gwinnett County police said Thornton was involved in a drug deal that turned into a fight that turned deadly. Detectives believe Thornton drove the getaway car.

"It sucks that he was driving the car because he could have just easily gotten out of that situation and been at school today with us," classmate Ian Horton told Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus.

A second teenager, Joshua Cook, was arrested at 5 p.m. Monday.


The victim's best friend, Isiah Choppin, told Channel 2 Action News the incident started when he and Madison went to sell some marijuana.

"We don't do this every day," Choppin said.

Choppin said a few guys they didn't know got out of a car.

“We start fighting. The gun went off," Choppin said. "We don't know these dudes. We just hope they find them quick.”

Choppin said he applied pressure to Madison's bleeding chest and tried to calm him.

"You're doing good. Keep breathing," he said he told his friend.

Choppin said they called each other brothers.

"I'll never see my brother again. I can never talk to him again. I mean, I want to say, 'Sorry.'"

Madison’s sister set out a small vigil Monday in memory of her brother.

“For somebody to be that cruel, to take a life, a 19-year-old's life-- they deserve whatever comes their way,” Madison's sister, Amari Thompson, said.

Police believe the incident was a planned robbery attempt.

Thornton and Cook are charged with murder and armed robbery.

The search continues for the third person involved.