Charges filed in fatal liquor store shooting in Gary
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com|648-3258 November 27, 2012 11:34PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:36AM
GARY — Believing Kevin Champion had a bag of money in his car after closing Champ’s liquor store, Rashaad McNair and three others plotted to rob him Aug. 15, 2010, police said Tuesday.
Champion, 41, was killed early that morning after McNair fired at him several times from point blank range. But the bag of money was really “a bag of cans,” and the killer fled without a dime.
McNair, 24, is charged with murder and murder in perpetration of a robbery. He is in custody, Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez said.
The other conspirators are expected to be charged later this week.
McNair admitted he approached the liquor store manager as he sat in the parking lot at 1748 Grant St. and asked for money, but Champion told him he had none, the probable cause affidavit states. McNair then told Detective James Bond he thought Champion was reaching for a gun and he shot him.
A surveillance video of the crime shows the shooter climb through a window of Champion’s Lincoln Navigator to search for loot.
Another participant told Bond they first planned to rob a gambling house in the same neighborhood, but then McNair and another man went to the liquor store parking lot. The co-conspirator spoke on a cell phone to McNair’s companion, who said, “It’s going down, man, it’s going down,” then he heard multiple shots from the phone and also from where he was standing, the affidavit states.
All four suspects are in custody on charges related to this or another crime.