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Gwinnett Police identify 17-year-old shot, killed near basketball court

Authorities said the body was found in the woodline near a basketball court.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A 17-year-old boy was found shot and killed Sunday near a subdivision's basketball court, according to Gwinnett Police. Authorities later identified the teen as Timothy Buchanan. 

When officers arrived around 4 p.m., they found Buchanan dead from an apparent gunshot wound along Mariray Ct SE, Gwinnett Police said. The neighborhood is not far from Grace New Hope Church in Lawrenceville. 

Gwinnett Police added as of Monday afternoon, they have "solid leads" on who the suspect – or suspects – could be.

"Something like this is definitely something that we don't like to find. It is a top priority for our investigators," Gwinnett Police Sergeant Jennifer Richter said. 

Richter said they still believe this is an isolated incident.

“I know that the neighbors in the area are concerned, so I want them to know that we do have reason to believe that this is an isolated incident," she added. "I know [investigators] have collected some video from some of the neighbors in the area.”

She clarified that Buchanan was not found on the basketball court, but nearby.

“They were near the neighborhood basketball court, but it was actually, the body was found in the woodline," she added.

Buchanan's sister said on the phone Monday, they were too shaken up to speak, However, a Facebook post she made, asks for prayers and writes "justice to be served."

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11Alive crews were at the scene Sunday evening and saw several police vehicles and the area taped off. Gwinnett Police homicide detectives are still working to conduct interviews and review any possible surveillance video in connection to the shooting. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwinnett Police detectives at (770) 513-5300 or you can submit an anonymous online tip via CrimeStoppers.

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