Beacon Journal staff report
A marijuana deal triggered a shooting late Thursday night in East Akron that left two people wounded, including a murder suspect, and a motorist with a bullet-riddled car.
Charged are Andrew Stafford, 26, of Akron; Troy Craig Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; and Larry Givens II, 20, of Akron.
Craig was being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. His condition was serious, police said. Craig is wanted by Atlanta police on a murder charge.
Givens was shot in the leg and was treated and released to police.
The shooting unfolded at the Circle K at East Exchange and South Arlington streets about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Police said Givens went to the gas station for a prearranged meeting to sell marijuana to Stafford and Craig, who is his cousin.
The three went behind the station to avoid surveillance cameras, police said. During the meeting, a quarrel ensued and gunfire followed, with Givens and Craig exchanging gunfire, according to police.
A wounded Givens made his way into the gas station store, where workers called police. Stafford and Craig fled, police said.
While at the gas station, officers got a call from the 700 block of East Crosier Street, where Craig was found wounded.
Police also discovered that a 68-year-old man’s car was hit by stray bullets while driving on South Arlington Street. The car’s owner declined to comment.
Stafford is charged with aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence, having weapons while under disability and complicity to commit felonious assault.
Craig is charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability. Givens was charged with trafficking in drugs.