2 Shot Multiple Times in Drug Deal Gone Bad
Two Tennessee men were shot 15 times after they met with two others in what police believe was an illegal narcotics deal in Lawrenceville. Two suspects were arrested.
Two men were arrested in connection to what police believe was a drug deal gone bad in Lawrenceville.
According to the Gwinnett County Docket Book and Lawrenceville Police reports, 22-year-old Roger Flint Ford, of Lawrenceville, and Leo Harvey were arrested in the incident, which resulted in two men being shot multiple times.
Officers met with the two victims, a 22-year-old and 35-year-old from Tennessee, at Gwinnett Medical Center after the alleged shooting Feb. 3. The younger man was shot eight times in the lower abdomen, groin and legs, and the older man was hit seven times in the legs and wrist.
They told police that they were visiting Lawrenceville to meet with the younger man's cousin, Ford, whom he hadn't seen in more than 13 years. The younger man said that they made plans to hang out and have a few beers with Ford at Alexander Mill Apartments, located on the 100 block of Paper Mill Road in Lawrenceville.
As the two from Tennessee pulled into the parking lot, though, Ford came over to his vehicle with an unknown man, who pulled out a silver revolver, according to the victims. They demanded that the two give them "everything they had," but instead of complying, they threw their car in reverse and attempted to drive away.
The armed suspect began shooting at them, the cousin told police, and both men were hit. Despite the multiple gunshot wounds, the older man was able to drive them to the hospital.
Before the officer left the hospital, though, he went through the victim's phone and noticed that he and Ford had been texting back and forth.
The messages were about coming to Lawrenceville to purchase some "sticks." The victim asked the suspect how many he had, and he said 600. They arranged a meeting location off Paper Mill Road.
It appeared that the victim was meeting Ford to purchase some type of illegal narcotics, the officer noted in the report.
Later that day, police spoke with the suspect's mother, and she told him that she has no idea where her son is nor does she have a way to contact him. She informed police that he had been hanging out with a guy named "Ump."
One officer was familiar with "Ump" and said his real name is Leo Harvey, and he usually hangs out in the general area where the robbery occurred.
Both Harvey and Ford were arrested later that afternoon on two charges of aggravated assault each. Ford also has a hold for Winder Police, and Harvey is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and obstruction of a law officer.