Testimony: Ill-planned heist motive in shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A detective testified Tuesday that three teens randomly shot into a Tucker home full of people, including three children, in a harebrained scheme last week to "hit a lick," or commit robbery with hopes of a big payout.

The alleged shooters knew none of the 10 people inside the Jordan Drive home, nor did they attempt to enter the home and rob them after firing two shots into a living-room around midnight on July 26, said Gwinnett police Det. Michael Forrester.

Eight people inside the room, all friends and their children, were watching television. One bullet nearly struck a 1-year-old girl in a loveseat with her parents, Forrester said.

Other children in the room were ages 2 and 5. No injuries were reported.

"It seems to be random," Forrester testified in a probable cause hearing for each suspect.

Police spotted the alleged gunmen running toward U.S. Highway 29 and detained them. Two of the suspects, Elan Algarin, 19, of Marietta, and Ceddrick Summerour, 17, of Snellville, attend Gwinnett high schools.

The third suspect, Alex Jones, 18, of Loganville, told police in interviews he used to live in the neighborhood, Forrester said.

"(Jones) said they were trying to get some money," Forrester testified. "He said he wasn't thinking."

Only Jones admitted to firing one of two .38 caliber revolvers found in the teens' possession. The other two fingered both the other teens as the shooters, Forrester said.

The suspects had driven Jones' mother's car to pick up Algarin in Marietta, then parked the vehicle at a CVS a half-mile from the shooting scene. Police found the Nissan Altima there with a tag stolen from Cobb County, Forrester said.

In the teens' pockets and a backpack Algarin carried, police reportedly found the handguns, extra ammo, gloves, bandannas and a mask.

All three teens face eight counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

As Gwinnett Magistrate Judge Gene Cantrell bound all charges to Superior Court for indictment, Jones clasped his hands in prayer.

They will remain at the Gwinnett County Jail pending bond hearings in the higher court. None of three defense attorneys argued for bond Tuesday.

Forrester testified he wasn't aware that any of the teens had previous criminal records. Summerour had turned 17 about 24 hours prior to the incident, he said.