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UPDATE: Third suspect in Dalton fatal shooting surrenders

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE: The third and final suspect, a 17-year-old in Wednesday night's homicide surrendered to authorities at the Dalton Police Services Center Friday night.

The 17-year-old was with a 16-year-old juvenile and 20-year-old Marquis Dequan Tanner during a drug deal Wednesday night that led to the shooting death of 20-year-old Abel Carmona.

The 16-year-old juvenile and Tanner were arrested Thursday. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Police are still looking for a 17-year-old in connection with a deadly shooting in Dalton. Two people are in custody, but a third possible shooter is still at large.

A 16-year-old juvenile and Marquis Tanner, 20, were arrested Thursday in connection to the Wednesday night murder of Abel Carmona, 20, who was shot and killed at an apartment complex in the 200 block of Easterling St. in Dalton on Wednesday night.

"The one that's still on the loose, it could be somebody else's parents or kids who get hurt," said Brandon Gregory, who's worried another crime could happen while he's on the job.

Gregory works at Wastco, a recycling company right across the street from the apartment complex where Carmona was killed on Wednesday night.

"When guns are involved, guns kill people, and all we can do is pray for the family," Gregory said.

According to police, Carmona and two friends, including Roberto Lopez, 20, were in the apartment complex to meet up with the three suspects for a drug deal.

"[It was] possibly a large quantity of marijuana," said Dalton Police spokesperson Bruce Frazier. "We do not know what led to gunfire."

And police still don't know exactly who pulled the trigger. The 16-year-old juvenile was arrested for the murder Thursday.

"Interviews and some other evidence we recovered led us to him," Frazier said.

Also arrested was Marquis Tanner, 20. Channel 3 learned he has a history of drug and weapon charges.

Investigators set up surveillance at Cliff Apartments on Shugart Rd. where Tanner was known to visit. They were able to track down the car he was driving and take him to jail on Thursday night.

Right now Carmona's friend, Lopez, is also behind bars after giving false statements to police about what happened.

Police don't know what caused the drug deal to turn deadly, but they're hoping the wanted 17-year-old can help fill in the holes.

Tanner is being held in the Whitfield Co. Jail without bond. Anyone with information about the shooting or the wanted suspect are asked to call Dalton Police at (706) 278-9085 ext. 214.

UPDATE:
Dalton police have arrested a second suspect in the shooting death of 20 year old Abel Carmona in Dalton.

Marquis Dequan Tanner, 20, was apprehended shortly before midnight Thursday on a murder warrant for his role in a Wednesday night murder on Easterling Street.  

Investigators say Tanner was part of an apparent drug deal that went bad and led to the shooting death Carmona. 

UPDATE: Dalton Police have made an arrest in Wednesday night's fatal shooting.  A 16-year-old is charged with felony murder in the death of Abel Carmona.  

Police continue to search for two other men are also wanted on murder warrants.  Investigators determined that drugs were involved in this incident.

When officers arrived to Easterling Street on a shooting call they found 20-year-old Roberto Lopez and another man, friends of Carmona, trying to stop the bleeding from the gunshot wound to Carmona's chest.  

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounce dead.

Witnesses at the scene told officers the shooter fled in a small dark colored sedan.

Dalton detectives say Carmona, Lopez and the other man went to the apartments on Easterling to buy a large quantity of marijuana.  Something allegedly went wrong leading to the shooting. 

Twenty-year-old Roberto Lopez was later arrested giving false information.

Information Thursday led detectives to Becerra and he was taken into custody.  Police are searching for two other men, 20-year-old Marquis Dequan Tanner and a 17-year-old who were at the meeting with Becerra when the shooting happened.  Both are wanted on felony murder warrants. At this time, investigators have not determined which of the suspects shot Carmona.

Anyone with information or know the whereabouts of Tanner or Henderson are asked to call Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085, extension 214.
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A 20-year-old Dalton man was shot and killed at an apartment complex late Wednesday night. Police are still trying to track down the shooter. The GBI is helping Dalton Police follow up on leads, but so far no arrests have been made.

The shooting happened shortly before midnight at an apartment complex in the 200 block of Easterling St. in Dalton. Police found Abel Carmona, 20, shot in the chest and unresponsive in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"I've lived here barely a week, and it's already been bad," said resident Adrian Clavel, who lives just a few yards from where Carmona was shot.

"All I heard was a car peel out, and two gunshots," he said.

Someone shot Carmona in front of Building C and he stumbled to the end of the parking lot. A female neighbor rushed outside to help.

"I heard a gunshot, I looked out the window, and I saw the guy fall and hit the ground," said the woman. She wanted her name withheld because she was fearful of the shooter being at large.

"I was right beside him," she said, while on the phone with 911 dispatchers.

"They asked if he was breathing," she said. "I said yes, and told his friends to put pressure on the bullet wound. They asked if he was responsive, I told them no."

Carmona didn't live in the apartment complex, but his home was just five minutes from the crime. Police aren't saying much about why he was there or who he was with.

"We're working a lot of leads," said Bruce Frazier, Dalton Police spokesperson. "We're getting help from the FBI and the GBI."

Frazier said police didn't find a gun at the scene. They don't believe the shooter is targeting people at random, but are urging residents to keep a lookout.

"Anytime we've got somebody that's violent on the loose, we're concerned, the public should be concerned," he said.

"He was 20 years old," Clavel said. "People are barely out of high school. You just never know what's gonna happen to anybody."

If you have any information on the shooting, you're urged to call Dalton Police Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085 extension 214. 

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