GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — An altercation led to a deadly shooting at a hotel earlier this month, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. The person they believe is behind the gunfire has turned himself in.
Authorities responded at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 5 to the HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof Inn at 7049 Jimmy Carter Blvd. When officers arrived, Gwinnett County Police said they found a 28-year-old man shot to death in the breezeway of the hotel-- outside of a room on the first floor. The next day, detectives identified the man as Dareese Ellis from Peachtree Corners.
"It's believed that there was some kind of altercation that took place between the two males involved and it's possible that somehow they knew each other or had some prior knowledge of each other," Gwinnett Police Corporal Ryan Winderweedle said.
A perimeter was quickly set up by police and several K-9 units were dispatched to help in tracking the suspect. Officers were seen set up on Holcomb Bridge Road, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Peachtree Corners Circle. However, the suspect ran away.
Authorities were searching for Jay Dante Crump. Police believe the 21-year-old shot and killed Ellis. Both men were staying at the hotel when the shooting happened, according to police.
In an update, police said Crump turned himself in on Sept. 10.
Crump is accused of aggravated assault, felony murder, and possession of a firearm during a felony.
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