Man charged with murder in brother’s shooting death in DeKalb

Marquez Shaefer
Marquez Shaefer

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting in DeKalb County that left his brother dead, authorities said.

Marquez Shaefer, 27, of Atlanta, faces a murder charge after his brother, Jessie Shaefer, was shot and killed July 19, the DeKalb sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The deadly shooting took place at the Terra Creek apartment complex off Central Drive in unincorporated Stone Mountain, according to DeKalb police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent. She said the shooting was the result of a dispute between the brothers.

A GoFundMe page claims that Jessie Shaefer was the victim of a drive-by shooting on his 36th birthday. However, a DeKalb police spokesperson said there was no information that led investigators to believe the incident was a drive-by.

According to the incident report obtained by on Wednesday, police responded just before 3 a.m. that day. The responding officer found Jessie Shaefer unresponsive in a pool of blood with two gunshot wounds, lying next to a car that had been damaged by gunfire. Marquez Shaefer was also charged with criminal property damage for the multiple bullet holes in the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox.

Marquez Shaefer was booked into the county jail, where he remains without bond, according to online jail records. At the time of his arrest, Shaefer was on probation after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon earlier this year.

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