The family of a teenager killed in a robbery and shooting on I-85 is sharing their grief. Police told Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas that they believe they are building a pretty good picture of the events leading up to the death, but for the family of the 16-year-old who died, they aren't sure if they will ever understand it all. Junior Gutierriez, 16, and a man were shot and killed along Indian Trail Road. Police say the two were part of a robbery crew and a would-be victim opened fire. “It was the wrong time and wrong guys,” said Carlos Romero. “We are just trying to stick together in this hard situation. It's not easy to accept it.” Gwinnett County police charged the three surviving members of the crew with murder. They will likely face another murder charge in connection with the death of Erik Vargas, who died hours after the shooting. TRENDING STORIES: Teen charged after allegedly hitting man, 2 kids waiting for school bus 3 more measles cases reported in metro Atlanta Ric Flair says he's ready for UGA vs. Auburn game this weekend Investigators say the three survivors first lied to police, claiming they were the victims of an interstate road rage incident. Through a translator, Gutierriez’s mother, Oralia Guitierrez, told Thomas she didn't know where her son had gone Tuesday night. She said she's been told her son had no idea any robbery was about to happen. “He was just a victim of what was going on,” Oralia Guitierrez said. Police have not said that publicly. Oralia Guitierrez is happy the others now face charges. “They should be responsible and make justice for what's going on because they were in there and it went down,” Oralia Guitierrez said. Gwinnett police are still looking for the shooter. The Gutierrez family has launched a GoFundMe account to try and raise money for funeral expenses.
DeKalb County School District officials confiscated another gun from a student, at least the eighth time this year a gun has been found on campus. A parent alerted administrators at Stone Mountain High School that a student had a gun Thursday. Officials said the school resource officer was notified and officials soon located the student and confiscated a gun. They did not specify the type of gun. ”The gun was secured and removed from the student without incident,” officials said. School district officials said Thursday’s was the eighth gun confiscated from inside a school this year. One gun was recovered from a stadium, found in a backpack. During the 2018-2019 school year, seven guns were discovered inside schools. More than a dozen students have been killed at school this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for reducing gun violence nationwide. That includes two students killed Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. Four other students were injured, including the shooter, who officials have said is in grave condition following a self-inflicted gunshot. Metro Atlanta school authorities confiscated nearly 50 handguns and rifles from students on their campuses during the 2018-2019 school year, according to data submitted by the districts to the Georgia Department of Education.
Lyft is eliminating its scooter operation in Atlanta, nearly a year after the devices were deployed in the city, a spokesperson confirmed Friday in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The electric scooters will leave the city Nov. 22. The company launched in Atlanta Dec. 21, just two days after rival Uber began its own scooter service in the city. “We’re grateful to our scooter riders in Atlanta as well as our partners in Atlanta city government,” read the statement. “We look forward to continuing to provide riders with other modes of reliable transportation.” The decision comes amid discussions about Atlanta’s regulation of electric scooters. The city is considering reducing the number of scooter companies operating in the city. RELATED COVERAGE: City of Atlanta fails to collect $200K in scooter impound fees The Lyft spokesperson said they’re focusing on markets that have the biggest impact. The spokesperson also confirmed the company is eliminating services in five other cities, including Dallas, San Antonio and Nashville. Twenty employees are expected to be laid off as a result of the decision. Lyft is the latest micromobility company to leave Atlanta. Uber’s electric bikes, JUMP e-bikes, left the city in September. Like Intown Atlanta News Now on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter In other news: