Police ID Norcross teen found shot to death; 2 juveniles arrested

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A 16-year-old was shot and killed Saturday at an apartment complex near Norcross.
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  • A 16-year-old was shot and killed Saturday.
  • Two teens face murder charges.
  • The shooting happened at the Rockbridge Court Apartments.

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old in Gwinnett County, police said.

Zachary Nelson of Norcross was found dead shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday after officers, who were in the area for an unrelated matter, heard three gunshots at the Rockbridge Court Apartments, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

At the time, a 17-year-old who was shot in the arm alerted police to Nelson, who was already dead, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said. The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was not considered a suspect. 

Police found two “suspicious” teenagers on bicycles and stopped them for questioning. 

Omar Ramos, 16, and Ronaldo Cruz, 14, both of Norcross, were charged with murder and armed robbery, Pihera said. Ramos was also charged with aggravated assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case #17-093346.

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