A 17-year-old killed in a shooting at Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Gwinnett County was a star wide receiver at Jefferson High School.
The shooting happened near Dave & Buster’s entrance at the Sugarloaf Mills.
The victim was identified by police as 17-year-old Elijah DeWitt. He was found dead in a parking lot, per a report.
“The Jefferson High School Football program is heartbroken as we mourn the loss of one of our own, Elijah DeWitt. The DeWitt family is in our thoughts and prayers. We appreciate your understanding as we respect the family’s privacy during this time,” a statement from Jefferson High School read.
A suspect has since been taken into custody. Investigators believe it was not a random encounter and that the two may have known each other. The name of the suspect has not been released.
According to his 247Sports profile, he was part of the 2023 recruiting class and had an offer from Arkansas State.