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Authorities name suspect in shooting that left 24-year-old man paralyzed

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have named a suspect in the Dec. 20 shooting that left a 24-year-old Snellville man paralyzed from the waist down.

According to arrest warrants issued Tuesday, Travis Bernard II Hood, 19, is wanted for shooting Curtis Ray Criff, 24, while holding him up for money and marijuana at a Highpoint Court apartment complex in Snellville.

According to incident reports, Gwinnett County police responded to the scene at about 6:47 p.m. where they found Criff, who also has a listed address in Lilburn, sitting in his vehicle and saying, "I've been shot."

Criff had been shot with a .380 handgun, police said, though it is unclear how many times. According to warrants, Criff's spinal cord was severed.

On his MySpace page, Criff acknowledged that he is paralyzed.

"i'm laying on my death bed," the post reads. "but (sic) ey at least i'm still alive ya dig."

Jail records show Hood has no police record in Gwinnett, while Criff has 12 arrests dating back to 2003. Charges range from criminal trespass to possession and distribution of marijuana and cocaine.

The disposition of those cases was not immediately known.

Hood is charged with aggravated battery by rendering useless, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

According to the Gwinnett County Jail Web site, Hood was not in custody at press time Monday.