The buying and selling of drugs often lead to other crimes, such as assault, theft and murder. Occasionally, a drug transaction will result in fraud, as allegedly happened in connection with the shooting of two men in Gary, Indiana.
According to officers of the Lake County Sheriff's Department High Crimes Unit, two men were the target of gunfire in front of a dollar store in the morning of May 22. The two men ran, and no injuries were suffered. The alleged shooter walked away from the scene.
The two men were working together later shortly after noon washing windows at a fast food restaurant. One of the men told police that he heard someone shouting at him and turned around to see the man who had allegedly fired the earlier shots hollering about losing money in a drug transaction.
The witness told police that he saw the man pointing a gun at him. The man accused the witness of hooking him up with a drug dealer who supposedly sold heroin. The dealer supposedly took the man's money, but failed to deliver any drugs. The swindle victim was demanding that the man who arranged the deal return his money. The man told the alleged shooter to calm down, that the situation was not worth using a gun.
Both men were hit, one in the chest and legs and one in the femur. A Gary detective heard a description of the shooter on his car radio. The man fled when he saw the squad car, but he was later arrested by a Lake County sheriff's detective. The suspect was arrested and charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery, two counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon and two counts of battery resulting in serious injury.
The suspect in this case is facing serious criminal charges, but he is nevertheless entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the facts and evidence that will govern the case and for possible assistance in attempting to negotiate a favorable plea agreement.