MILLCREEK — Unified police have arrested a West Valley man in connection with the shooting of an 18-year-old man in an alley near a smoke shop earlier this month.
Elhelbawy Adam Idrees, 19, was arrested for investigation of four counts of attempted aggravated murder and three counts of felony discharge of a firearm.
On Feb. 8, about 8 p.m., employees and customers in Pharoah's Smoke Shop, 3925 S. State, heard shots being fired and walked outside to find an 18-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to police. Three shell casings were found at the scene.
Investigators determined that two groups of "associates" became involved in an argument, and one person pulled out a gun and began shooting, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.
A total of five people who all live in the area were present at the time of the shooting, he said, but the disagreement was between Idrees and the victim. What the two were arguing over was not immediately known. Some of the five have gang affiliations, but Lohrke said the shooting was not believed to be gang-related.Comment on this story
Based on "information passed along to law enforcement from witnesses," detectives were able to identify Idrees as the shooter, Lohrke said.
About 12:30 a.m. Friday, a Unified police sergeant pulled over a vehicle for speeding near 5300 S. Northwest Ave. (4800 West). The alert sergeant recognized that the driver, Idrees, was wanted and took him into custody without incident.
In December, Idrees was convicted of misdemeanor assault in West Valley Justice Court. He was scheduled to be sentenced on that charge next week.