RACINE — Three Racine teenagers are facing felony charges after one of them allegedly shot a man in a drug deal gone wrong.
Montreill A. Lawhorn, 15; Shannon D. Lawson, 18; and Jaisjuan T. Brown, 17, are all charged with attempted first-degree homicide, a felony, and armed robbery, also a felony charge.
Lawson is also charged with possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent, a felony, and Lawhorn is also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint:
On March 6, the three teens were hanging out at Brown’s house in the 1700 block of Mead Street, when one of them had the idea to rip off a marijuana dealer. Lawhorn, of the 1700 block of Franklin Street, said he reached out to a dealer on Facebook who agreed to send someone to meet Lawhorn to sell him a quarter-ounce of marijuana.
The group decided to send the dealer to Lawson’s former address, an unoccupied residence.
When the dealer arrived at the address, in the area of Mead and 17th streets, the three alleged perpetrators came out of Brown’s house instead. Then Lawhorn got into the front passenger’s seat of the victim’s car and attempted to take the bag of marijuana from the victim without paying.
The two then began struggling over the bag. At the same time, a person who the victim believed to be Lawson attempted to get in the rear passenger’s seat. The victim reportedly told the three men that they would have to shoot him if they wanted the marijuana. He then heard a gunshot and realized he’d been shot in the leg. He let go of the bag and the three suspects ran, heading south.
The victim told police that he believed the person who tried to get into the backseat, Lawson, was the one who shot him.
During a search of Lawson’s residence, in the 1900 block of Mead Street, investigators reportedly found a chrome .380 handgun with a magazine containing .380 Hornady brand ammunition in his bedroom. Investigators also located 65 rounds of .22 caliber Winchester Super X ammunition and a marijuana pipe.
When searching the victim’s vehicle, police reportedly found a spent gold Hornady brand casing in the front passenger seat, consistent with a shot being fired by a semi-automatic weapon from the passenger side of the vehicle.
Lawhorn allegedly told police that he robbed the victim but didn’t shoot him.
Lawson and Brown were in custody as of Tuesday night at the County Jail, online records showed. A preliminary hearing in this case is set for 8:30 a.m. on March 21 at the county Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.