Gregory Thornton, a 30-year-old man from Baltimore, was apprehended in Central Pennsylvania by the U.S. Marshals on Wednesday. He is charged with homicide and other related offenses in connection with the March 28 shooting death of 13-year-old Buddy Brown in Augusta, Georgia.
According to authorities, Brown was shot and killed outside the Richmond Summit Apartments while he was outside to pick up a Door Dash delivery. Thornton was staying in Georgia at the time of the murder and reportedly fled back to Maryland after the incident.
Despite a statewide manhunt, Thornton allegedly eluded capture by traveling to Pennsylvania. However, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was able to locate and apprehend him on the 3100 block of Anthony Highway in Fayetteville, Franklin County, on Wednesday morning.
Thornton is now facing charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will be extradited back to Georgia to face these charges.
The tragic death of Buddy Brown, a seventh-grader at Hornsby Middle School, has shocked and saddened many, and this arrest is a step towards justice for his family and the Augusta community.