UPDATE: Masked men on the run after deadly shooting at Gwinnett motel

As many as five masked men dressed in black are at large following a deadly shooting at a motel near Lilburn, police said.

Gwinnett County police were called to the Home Stay Suites in the 4300 block of U.S. 78 about 4 a.m. after someone reported hearing several shots. Darius Daniels, 28, of Snellville, was found dead in a lower-level motel room, authorities said. 

Gwinnett police are on the scene of a deadly shooting at the Home Stay Suites in the 4300 block of U.S. 78, which is just before Ross Road. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“It is believed that there are four to five suspects,” police spokeswoman Officer Ashley Wilson told “They are described as black males, wearing all black with black masks, possibly all armed.”


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It is not known if the men left the motel in a vehicle or ran away.

“Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses from adjacent rooms and the 911 caller,” Wilson said from the scene Wednesday morning. 

Gwinnett police investigate after a man was found shot dead at a motel off U.S. 78 near Lilburn. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Police have not said what motivated the shooting.

“There is no further information on suspects or motive at this time,” Sgt. Jake Smith said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives 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 the Crime Stoppers website.

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