Few members of the public understand the intricacies of the drug trafficking trade, but do understand that it’s dangerous business that too often includes deadly violence as one of its many risks.
A 19-year-old North Carolina homicide suspect was recently arrested in connection with the Halloween night shooting of an 18-year-old woman.
The 19-year-old was arrested by law enforcement officials about 170 miles southwest of Raleigh in the Charlotte area.
The young man faces a slew of extremely serious charges, including homicide, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Police officials said the woman was shot to death and another person was badly hurt in shootings shortly after 9 on Thursday night.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman, who was declared dead. The other person was taken immediately to a nearby hospital.
According to police, the violence wasn’t random: the alleged perpetrator and the victim knew each other and were involved in a drug deal at the time the gunfire broke out.
Police did not release any details about their theories about what happened that night. Was there an argument that escalated to violence? Is it possible the man was defending himself in the exchange?
But these are questions for a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to examine thoroughly as part of their law firm’s investigation into the events. Things are not always as they seem when initial charges are filed.
Source: Charlotte Observer, “Police arrest 19-year-old in woman’s death,” by Joe Marusak and Steve Lyttle, Nov. 1, 2013