Suspect in custody for killing Jefferson High football player outside Sugarloaf Mills

A 17-year-old killed overnight in a shooting at Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Gwinnett County was a star receiver at Jefferson High School, according to the football team’s official Twitter account. A suspect has since been taken into custody.

Gwinnett County police said the shooting happened near the Dave & Buster’s entrance at Sugarloaf Mills. Investigators were at the scene collecting evidence, reviewing surveillance video and speaking with witnesses Wednesday night.

The victim was identified by police as 17-year-old Elijah DeWitt.

Late Thursday afternoon, police said one person was taken into custody out of state in connection with DeWitt’s fatal shooting. Investigators believe it was not a chance encounter and that the two may have known each other. The name of the suspect has not been released.

The Jefferson Dragons football team shared the community’s grief.

“The DeWitt family is in our thoughts and prayers,” the tweet said.

Police said Dave & Busters was open at the time of the shooting, but investigators do not know if the teenager was inside the Dave & Busters at any point that evening.

“At this time, detectives are exploring all motives,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Hideshi Valle said. “We don’t know what led to the shooting.”

DeWitt’s performance on the field was featured several times on High 5 Sports, including the Game of the Week in week six when the Dragons beat Clarke Central High School.

He made a highlight-worthy touchdown catch against St. Pius X on September 2.

His profile on indicated he had an offer to play college football at Arkansas State.

Jefferson City Schools were off this week for their fall break. The Dragons were also on a bye week.

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