MIDVALE — Two men were recovering from gunshot wounds Monday as police searched for a gunman who may have been stabbed by the victims prior to shooting them.
Two men were shot about 9:45 p.m. Sunday at the Chelsea Park Apartments, 7351 S. Catalpa St. (440 West). The victims were with two other men outside the apartments in a grassy area when a disagreement turned into a fight, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.
One man pulled out a gun during the altercation and shot two 18-year-old men, she said. The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. One man was shot once and the other was hit multiple times, Gray said. They were shot in the arms and legs.
The disagreement between the two parties, however, started the day before, she said.
Two men who live at the apartment complex — the men who were shot on Sunday — agreed to sell drugs to the other two on Saturday, she said. But when they met, the drug buyers pulled guns on the drug dealers, Gray said. No shots were fired and no one was injured in that incident.
On Sunday, the would-be robbers used different identities to contact the two drug dealers again and asked to buy drugs, according to Gray. This time, when the two dealers walked out of their apartment, the two other men attempted to rob them, she said.
A fight ensued, and a gunman was stabbed by the two 18-year-olds before he shot them, according to Gray.2 comments on this story
After the shooting, the two suspects knocked on several apartment doors apparently hoping someone would let them in, Gray said. No one did and they ran off.
The University Hospital emergency room was temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution Monday after one of the men who had been shot arrived there on his own, Gray confirmed.
Police announced Monday that they had arrested Randon Louis Cummings, 18, for investigation of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Gray said Cummings' friend, who has not been identified and is also believed to have been stabbed, was still at large.