Alleged gang member charged with murder of Gwinnett grandfather

Credit: AJC File

Credit: AJC File

A Gwinnett County man described by authorities as a gang member was arrested Thursday and charged with the murder of a local grandfather in a May drive-by shooting.

Jose Aldo Sanchez-Vasquez, 25, of Norcross, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a murder warrant, jail records show. He was also charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He remains in the Gwinnett jail, where he is being held without bond.

Sanchez-Vasquez was wanted for the murder of Richard St. John, who was gunned down outside of his home in Norcross on May 24. He was at a family gathering when he was shot. The shooting appeared to be gang-related, police previously told, but no other details were provided.

St. John was killed after about two-dozen shots were fired at the house as family members were gathered outside around 8:30 p.m.

Police had been searching for Sanchez-Vasquez since June 3.

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