Update: Shooter arrested in alleged robbery heist first billed as a road rage incident

Incident was first billed as a road rage incident


Gwinnett County Police Department is reporting that the alleged shooting in a robbery heist that resulted in the death of two people has been arrested.

“After a detailed investigation into this case, the lead detective identified Enmanuel Antigua Paulino (age 20, Lilburn) as the shooter, GCPD reported in a press release. Paulino was arrested Friday and remains in the Gwinnett County jail charged with two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault. GCPD report that indications from the evidence have led detectives to believe this was not a self-defense shooting. At this time it is believed that the group met up with the shooting over the sale of a cell phone and the initial transaction turned into a robbery resulting in the death of two individuals.

Initial Story

A second person shot during an alleged robbery heist that went bad in Gwinnett County Tuesday night has died and Gwinnett Police Department is still seeking information concerning the incident and the person who fired the shots.

First billed as a road rage incident, Gwinnett Police said the investigation revealed that this incident was not the result of road rage at all, but rather stemmed from a robbery attempt.

“The five passengers of the ‘victim’ vehicle, a gray Nissan Altima, attempted to rob an unknown subject in the parking lot of 950 Indian Trail Road. The person(s) they were attempting to rob shot at the Nissan Altima, which fled the scene.  The occupants made up a story about being the victims of road rage and called the police. Officers, detectives, and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the shooting location and processed the scene,” GCPD reported in an updated press release. Two people were in the vehicle that fled were shot and both have now died. The first one was identified as Junior Lanuza-Gutierrez, 16, and the second person who was shot has now also died. He is identified as Erik Vargas. Next of kin have been advised in both cases.

The remaining three occupants of the Nissan Altima who were not shot have been charged with Felony Murder and Criminal Attempt at Robbery. All three were arrested and are in custody at the Gwinnett County Jail.  The arrested subjects are:

  • Harry Richardson (B/M, 20 years old)
  • Anthoney Esquero (H/M, 18 years old)
  • Kevin Gallardo (H/M, 17 years old)

Detectives are still trying to identify the person(s) who fired the shots.  If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number:  19-104768

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