Man accused of shooting woman in head on Gwinnett highway identified

A woman was shot in the head in an incident that started at the Madison at River Sound apartments and later blocked the Ga. 316 east ramp at Collins Hill Road.

A man pistol-whipped his roommate and shot a woman in the head in an incident that blocked part of a major Gwinnett County highway Tuesday morning, police said.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said officers initially responded to the Madison at River Sound apartments off Walther Boulevard shortly before 8 a.m., after a resident called 911 to report "loud noises and screams" coming from a neighboring unit. They found a man in the parking lot who said he'd jumped from a second-story balcony after his roommate hit him with a gun.

The victim described his roommate's SUV, and police found and stopped it on Ga. 316 east near Collins Hill Road.

Inside, they found a woman with a gunshot wound to the head.

A woman was shot in the head in an incident that started at the Madison at River Sound apartments and later blocked the Ga. 316 east ramp at Collins Hill Road.

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The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition and the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody, Washington said.

Police did not immediately release the suspect’s name but Channel 2 Action News identified him as Edward Samuel Dukes.

Online records show Dukes was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Tuesday afternoon on offenses that included two counts of aggravated assault and three felony drug charges.

What triggered Dukes’ alleged actions was unclear.

"We're exploring all possibilities at this point," Washington said Tuesday morning.

The shooting investigation shut down the ramp at Ga. 316 east and Collins Hill Road for several hours.

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