Mario Wright
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Man charged with murder after deadly shootings at DeKalb apartments

A man is in the DeKalb County jail in connection with the shootings that left two people dead at an apartment complex, police said. 

Mario Wright, 32, of Norcross, is charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after the shootings, which started as a dispute between three men, police said.  

The shootings happened at a complex in the 4000 block of Russwood Avenue in unincorporated Stone Mountain, according to DeKalb police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer. 

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Police were sent to the complex about 2 p.m. Wednesday on a shots-fired call, AJC.com previously reported. According to an incident report, officers found two men with gunshot wounds. 

“When we arrived we saw a subject down on the ground, he had been shot,” Maj. Craig Medlin told Channel 2 Action News. “When we searched the area, we found a second subject at the apartments in the breezeway.”

DeKalb police said Wright shot one of the men involved in the altercation. Investigators said the man Wright shot is the person who fired at the other victim. 

Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where they died, Spencer said. 

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, but police believe the men may have been involved in “risky behavior, possibly drug activity” Spencer said. 

Apartments near the site of the shooting were evacuated Wednesday after authorities found “possible hazardous materials” there. 

“During the course of the investigation, officers located an apartment with possible hazardous materials,” Spencer told AJC.com. No updates were available as to the nature of those materials Thursday. 

The fire department was brought in, and a hazmat team determined that the air quality in the apartment was normal, Spencer said.
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