Man arrested after family member shot, killed in garage of Gwinnett home

A man is dead and an accused gunman is charged with murder following a domestic shooting inside the garage of a Gwinnett County home.

Vernell Cheneau Jr., 37, of Dacula, also faces counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the shooting that killed his family member, Gwinnett police said. The victim’s name was not released.

The deadly shooting was reported about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on Overlook Hill Pass in Dacula, police said in a statement. When officers arrived, they found a man in the garage with a gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Several other family members were inside the home when the shots were fired, according to police. Officers were told that Cheneau was seen running from the home.

Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a fight between Cheneau and the victim. Cheneau was taken into custody after his vehicle was stopped by officers on Auburn Road, police said.

He is being held in the Gwinnett County jail without bond.