Argument at Gwinnett family gathering leads to fatal shooting, police say

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

One man was killed and another is cooperating with Gwinnett County police after an argument escalated into a shooting at a family gathering in Loganville, officials said.

Daniel Covington, 31, of Loganville, was shot at a home on Rose Terrace Circle and taken to the hospital, where he died, Gwinnett police said in a news release.

The man who shot Covington, 23-year-old Kendell Evans of Lithonia, remained at the scene and cooperated with responding officers, police said. Evans told investigators that Covington began arguing with him as soon as he arrived at the home.

As they argued, Covington challenged Evans to a physical fight, police said. Evans tried to retreat and get away, but officers said Covington continued pursuing him. Evans told police he believed Covington had a gun and was going to shoot him, so he shot first.

“There was evidence on the scene that corroborated Evans’ statements,” police said.

Nearly two weeks after the fatal shooting, police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the investigation remained open but no charges are expected.

A celebration of life for Covington will be held Saturday before he is interred at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Snellville.