Charges filed in fatal shooting of Highland teen
By Christin Nance lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org August 28, 2013 4:21PM
Updated: August 28, 2013 10:28PM
Prosecutors have charged two Hammond men with fatally shooting a Highland teen during a Monday afternoon drug transaction in south Hammond.
Jayveon Daniels and Duane Snelling Jr., both 20, were charged with murder on Wednesday. They are being held at the Lake County Jail.
Lakice Brooks, 17, suffered gunshot wounds in the back of the head, torso and arm. He died en route to Community Hospital on Monday afternoon.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Daniels and Snelling told police that Brooks called them about buying some marijuana, so they picked him up in Highland in a silver Geo Tracker. Brooks wanted to see the marijuana, but Snelling wanted to see the money first.
Snelling told police that they stopped by Brooks’ house, but once he got back in the car, Brooks pulled out a gun and demanded the marijuana. A struggle ensued over the gun inside the car and shots went off, which struck Brooks and Snelling.
Snelling got out and pulled Brooks out of the car in the parking lot adjacent to the Aldi in the 7900 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, but he said Brooks held onto the door and they swerved to try and pry him loose. The men kept fighting in and out of the car, until Snelling told Brooks to get out of the car and shot him three times when he failed to comply. Snelling and Daniels fled the scene in the SUV. Witnesses heard Brooks plead “Don’t let me die.”
Snelling said they threw a .380 caliber handgun out the window when they fled.
Police caught up with the suspects’ car in the 800 block of May Street, and Snelling’s leg was covered in blood. Police found a silver handgun under the passenger seat. He was treated at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond.