UPDATE: Peachtree Corners Man Dies in Apparent Drug Deal

Police are investigating the Thursday shooting death of a 40-year-old man at the Hidden Cove Apartments.

UPDATE: June 16, 2012

Gwinnett Police are investigating the Thursday night death of a Hidden Cove Apartments resident who apparently was caught in the middle of a drug deal that had gone bad.

Gwinnet Police found a 40-year-old black male in the parking lot of the apartment complex dead from several gun shot wounds. The man was later identified as Ulice Leatherberry.

Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said that Leatherberry had been involved in a drug deal earlier in the day and apparently the buyers were not "satisfied with the drugs they had purchased and attempted to get their money back from the victim."

Leatherberry was the apparent "middle-man," in the deal and unable to return the money demanded by the buyers. "At about 11:30 p.m., Leatherberry fled his apartment and tried to evade the suspects. The suspects caught up with him in the parking lot and fired several rounds at him. He was struck and killed by one of the shots," said Smith.

Police are not releasing any information about the suspects in the shooting as they continue their investigation. Anyone with information on this case may call GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.


June 15, 2012

A man was killed on Hidden Cove Circle in Peachtree Corners Thursday evening around 11:30 p.m. in what may have been a drug-related incident.

"This case appears to be a drug deal gone bad," said Cpl. Jake Smith, a Gwinnett County Police spokesman.

The homicide took place on the 3300 block of Hidden Cove Circle. Police report the victim is a black male, approximately 34 years old.

"We are not releasing the victim's name or suspect information at this time," said Smith. "Detectives are actively working leads."

Peachtree Corners Patch will update this story when more information is available.

Concerned June 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
This is devastating. I am a close family friend of the victim and his family is heart broken. We understand the article was written with limited info. People should never believe everything they read. The fact is he did not reside in that community but was visiting someone else. I understand the owners concern but it doesn't change the fact that this senseless crime took place in Hidden Cove and someones father is dead.
Renee Jia June 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I am so sorry for the family and friends of the victim. Why did the idiot evil do this? I am especially sorry for the kids and hope their dad will bless and guard them forever!
deeplyscorned July 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I'm the victims fiance and this has been the most devastating tragedy in my life and it doesn't matter where it happened the point is it did and my life hasn't been the same every since RIH MY LOVE I HOPE JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED
Anne Keeton July 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Dear Deeply Scorned, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing so honestly. Of course, your life hasn't been the same since the death of your fiance. How could it be? Your heart is broken and the grief you are feeling is the normal and natural reaction to loss. Your grief is not wrong or abnormal and the circumstances of his death do not diminish the grief and anguish you feel at the loss of his life. One of the definitions of grief is "reaching for someone who's always been there only to find that when you really need them they are no longer there." I am so sorry that you are reaching for him and he can't be there for you. At exactly the time when you most need him…to get through the most devastating tragedy in your life. Additionally, "deeply scorned" suggests that other people in the community are also "not there" for you. If that is true, then you are experiencing added hurt, pain and loss on top of the huge loss you already feel from his death. I am so very sorry for this too. If that scorn stems from the circumstances surrounding his death then we, as a community, need to remember that those circumstances are the intellectual facts. And while related, those intellectual facts are totally distinct from your emotional experience of grief. Please take very good care of yourself right now. Know you are not alone and that there are people out here who care about you. All the best, anne
deeplyscorned August 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thanks Anne for your concern I have been through a lot since his death I thank God for people like you who shows concern in times like these


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