Two men were arrested after the accidental shotgun shooting of a third in a Southside apartment complex.
Darin Banister of White Bluff Road was charged with reckless conduct. Robert McLaughlin, who lives in the Plantation Oaks Apartment, was charged with concealing evidence and altering the serial number of a firearm. They and others were apparently filming a rap video in the apartment when Banister picked up the shotgun belonging to McLaughlin and it fired, striking Darius Hay, McLaughlin’s roommate in the apartment. Hay was treated at Memorial University Medical Center for birdshot wounds to his face.
Everyone in the apartment ran. Banister and McLaughlin were chased down at a nearby post office.
• A man attacked another man with a hammer in Franklin Square. A man told an officer he was walking on Bryan Street from his job as attendant at a church parking lot at Bryan and MLK when the attack occurred.
He said the suspect, a black male in his 50s, wearing a white bucket hat, a red and white striped polo shirt, and glasses, hit him in the back with a hammer and demanded money.
The victim, in his 60’s, ran without giving any money or belongings. The suspect was later identified as Joseph Bennett Jr., currently homeless.
• Investigations into two homicides within three blocks of each other closed a street and lane between Montgomery and Jefferson streets.
Police were called to an apartment in the 300 block of West 41st Street when neighbors reported shots fired. They found a black male dead of gunshot wounds. Drugs were found near the body and drug activity has been noted in the house previously.
Shortly after, police were alerted to a second body in the 300 block of 38th Street Lane where a second black male believed to be in his early 20s was found dead. The cause of that death has not been released.
Anthony Bernard Morris, 44, was found behind a fence near Stephens Avenue and 44th Street. He was charged with the 41st Street murder.
• Police seek suspects in the shooting of a 37–year–old woman on her porch on Reynolds Street.
Aianna Hill was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where she was undergoing emergency surgery after the 5:14 p.m. shooting.
Police were canvassing the neighborhood looking for two black males seen running. Another man in his 20s who ran from police was chased to Duffy Street and found under a house. He was determined to be a friend of the victim and not believed to be involved in the shooting.
Police suspect the woman was an unintended victim after relatives got in an argument with acquaintances who fired at them. She was leaning over the railing when struck.
• One man was arrested after leaving behind identifying documents during a burglary. Police went to East Gaston Street on report of a burglary. The suspect had already fled because the victim had walked in. Police discovered that several apartments in the area were vacant and unsecured. One contained a bag with court paperwork, including previous charges and a man’s name.
A photo lineup was conducted and a photo of the man whose court documents had been found in the vacant unsecured apartment was included. Nathaniel Snowton, 49, was identified as the burglar.
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