27-year-old man shot, killed inside Gwinnett County home invasion

Police believe the crime was a home invasion

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police are investigating a deadly home invasion and shooting at Snellville home early Thursday morning.

It happened in the 3000 block of Grand Manor Trail.

Police believe that the suspect broke into the home through the basement by prying the screen off of an open window. Officials also confirmed that they found the victim outside.

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"We're trying to figure out what led to this," said Cpl. Wilbert Rundles, with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

A neighbor called 911 at 4:17 a.m. to report hearing gunshots next door.

When Gwinnett County police arrived, they found 27-year-old Kemar Hawkins in the backyard suffering from a gunshot wound.


"The male was transported to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries," Rundles said.

Investigators said they never got to ask the victim crucial questions about who shot him.

Police believe the suspect came in through the basement and shot Hawkins. They found several shell casings inside the home.

They also said relatives were home at the time of the shooting, but they do not believe any of them are involved.

Police are still working to identify the shooter.

"We're talking to witnesses and neighbors to gather all that information to put together who exactly we're looking for," Rundles said.

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes asked investigators on the scene if the shooting was a random home invasion, and they said home invasions typically are not random. They said the suspect is usually looking for money, property, or drugs.

Investigators are working to learn why the suspect broke into the home.

If you have any information that could help lead police to an arrest, you are urged to call Gwinnett Police detectives at 770-513-5300.