Suspect in deadly metro Atlanta shooting arrested in Alabama

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James Edward America
  • Story Highlights
  • The man was arrested hours after the incident in Gwinnett County, police said.
  • The shooting happened at the Duluth residence of the suspect’s ex-girlfriend.
  • Another former boyfriend was shot and later died, police said.

A 29-year-old man is in custody in Alabama in connection with a deadly shooting at the residence of an ex-girlfriend in Gwinnett County, authorities said.

James Edward America drove from Birmingham to Duluth, carried out the crime Friday night, and was arrested shortly after he returned to Alabama, police said.

Officers responded to the 3600 block of Scepter Drive shortly after 10 p.m., according to a Duluth police incident report. The victim, identified as 52-year-old Khaled Warawra, appeared to have gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back.

He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville but died during treatment, police said.

One of the women at the residence, Angel Mujahid, said she and Warawra were not currently in a relationship but were “friendly toward each other,” according to the report.

She said another ex-boyfriend, later identified as America, had been texting her for the past few weeks.

Mujahid said she was asleep during the evening of the incident, but she got a text and a voicemail from America, who said he was at the QuikTrip in the 4000 block of Buford Highway, police said.

When her sister woke her up and gave her a description of the man and the car, Mujahid told officers it was America who came to the house and shot Warawra.

Birmingham police helped Duluth officers draft and carry out a search warrant for America's apartment, according to al.com. They allegedly recovered a handgun thought to have been used in the shooting.

America is expected to be extradited to Gwinnett County, according to Duluth police spokesman Ted Sadowski. The timetable is uncertain.

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