Man faces murder charges for shooting and killing his 23-month-old grandson

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LILBURN, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a 23-month-old boy dead on Tuesday evening. 

According to Gwinnett County Police, the shooting happened just before 10:00 on the 5200 block of Stafford Drive in unincorporated Lilburn. 

Witnesses say the suspect, 39-year-old Luis Efran Torres, was arguing with a family member and then fired shots in the home's driveway. 

One of the shots hit the child, Deandre Vega of Norcross. He was taken to a nearby medical center in critical condition where he later died. 

Investigators found that Vega's father, Rochell McCoy had taken the toddler to Torres' home. As the argument stirred, Torres fired shots toward McCoy when one hit young Vega. McCoy was unharmed.

Cpl. Jake Smith said Wednesday that Torres was Vega's grandfather. Vega was less then three weeks away from his second birthday. 

Torres was arrested on the scene and charged with murder and aggravated assault. He is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. 

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