Gwinnett man fatally shot in home invasion, police say

Police are urging residents to lock their doors and windows after a man was fatally shot Thursday morning inside his Gwinnett County home.

After several hours at the scene, detectives and crime scene investigators determined there was a home invasion at the house in the 3500 block of Grand Manor Trail near Snellville, Gwinnett police Cpl. Wilbert Rundles said.  

The suspect entered the home by prying the screen off an open window, Rundles said, and shot and killed 27-year-old Kemar Hawkins.

Emergency medics were called to the home about 4:15 a.m. Hawkins was rushed to a local hospital, where he died.  

Investigators work the scene of a fatal shooting under rainy skies at a home on Grand Manor Trail near Snellville. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

On July 28, a similar home invasion occurred in the same neighborhood off Mink Livsey Road, Rundles said.

Detectives spoke with neighbors Thursday and are hoping to find witnesses to the latest incident.

“All of the people around are being talked to, to see if they have any information, heard anything, saw anything,” Rundles said. 

No motive has been determined.

A Gwinnett County police investigator looks inside a trashcan for any clues that could lead them to a motive or a suspect in a fatal shooting Thursday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Anyone with information is asked to call the Gwinnett police Homicide Unit at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting

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