Eriberto Villanueva
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Suspect sought after man was shot, killed while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving

Gwinnett County police have named a suspect in the homicide of a 30-year-old man who was visiting relatives for Thanksgiving near Lilburn.

Eriberto Villanueva, 28, of Atlanta, has active warrants for his arrest in connection with the shooting death of Benedicto Granados of Lawrenceville, police said in a news release. He’s wanted on felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

On Friday just before 3 a.m., police responded to a home off Barnaby Court to find Grandados with multiple gunshot wounds, AJC.com previously reported. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

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Crime scene tape blocked the entrance to Barnaby Court from Candlewick Lane, where Gwinnett County police were investigating a homicide Friday morning.
Photo: Steve Schaefer / For the AJC

He was found in the garage with other witnesses when the gunshots rang out, according to police. Detectives believe Granados was targeted after an argument escalated to gunfire.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding Villanueva. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477 or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Tips can be sent anonymously and information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this investigation can earn tipsters up to $2,000.

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