Gwinnett County

Police identify 2 teens who died in Gwinnett shootings

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police have identified two teens who died in shootings in Gwinnett County on New Year's Eve.

Detectives said 15-year-old Devin Hodges was showing his friends a handgun when he accidentally fired a shot, which hit 17-year-old Chad Carless.

Carless died from the gunshot before help could arrive, according to police. Investigators said Hodges ran away and then turned the gun on himself.

The shootings happened around 3:15 p.m. along Riverlanding Circle in Lawrenceville on Monday afternoon.

Investigators told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that the group of teenage boys were playing in a makeshift wooden treehouse or shed-type structure when the shooting happened.


Neighbors told Channel 2's Richard Elliot they are still trying to comprehend what happened.

“I mean, it was really sad. They were so young,” said Tanya Guiterrez, who has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years. "Something like this never happened before. It’s sad and tragic.”

Guiterrez and her family were home when the shootings happened. They live just four houses down from where Hodges took his life.

"My son just came to tell me to look outside the window and we just saw all the police activity," she said.

Detectives are still working to determine where the gun came from and why the four teens chose that shed to look at it.