Reporter’s tip leads to arrest in Gwinnett security guard shooting

Enrique Carrera (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

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Enrique Carrera (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

A local reporter’s tip ended up being the break Gwinnett police needed to make an arrest in a shooting that injured a security guard, authorities said Tuesday.

Mundo Hispanico reporter Mario Guevara called police about 1:30 p.m. Monday and told them he received information that Enrique Carrera, 27, was at a home on Lawndale Court in unincorporated Norcross, Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

Police had been looking for Carrera since a Nov. 24 shooting at the Café Area 504 nightclub on Indian Trail Road.

Police said the guard was breaking up a fight Carrera was involved in when he shot the guard in the leg about 3 a.m.

With Guevara’s tip, “officers assigned to the West Precinct formed a plan and successfully arrested Carrera at the home without incident,” Pihera said.

Carrera was booked just after 8 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Jail, where he is currently being held on aggravated assault, possession of a firearm, reckless conduct and drug trafficking charges.

Monday was not Carrera’s first encounter with Gwinnett police. He was arrested in 2012 and 2014 on traffic charges but was released on bond, according to jail records.

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Earlier mug shot of Enrique Carrera (Credit: Gwinnet County Police Department)

Earlier mug shot of Enrique Carrera (Credit: Gwinnet County Police Department)

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Earlier mug shot of Enrique Carrera (Credit: Gwinnet County Police Department)

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