Suspect arrested in gang-related slaying of 70-year-old in Norcross parking lot

NORCROSS — A suspect has been arrested in what police are calling a gang-related homicide in a hotel parking lot in Gwinnett County.

The Gwinnett County Police Department responded to the In Town Suites at 1950 Willow Trail Parkway Thursday after 70-year-old Richard St. John was found dead in the parking lot with at least one gunshot wound. The police department received a 911 call just after 3:30 p.m. 

St. John was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

On Friday afternoon, police arrested Jose Aldo Sanchez-Vazquez on charges of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Aggravated Assault, and Felony Murder.

“The motive for this murder appears to be gang related,” said Gwinnett County Police spokesman Collin Flynn.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, contact detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. The case number is 20-060148.

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