An armed robbery suspect who is accused of trying to steal a cellphone in a Craigslist deal gone wrong was shot after his victim opened fire on New Year’s Eve.

On Sunday, Snellville police responded to reports of a male shooting into a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot on Scenic Highway in Snellville, according to Snellville Detective Kevin Seay.

There, they were able to detain the suspected shooter to further investigate the incident.

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“By the time I got there, the shooting victim was at Eastside (Medical Center),” Seay said. “He was shot three times in the left triceps area. We were able to interview him, his brother, who was driving the car, and his cousin, who was a front-seat passenger.”

In the course of the investigation, police determined that the shooter, who works as a security guard, was meeting with the armed robbery suspects — 21-year-old Jaylen Holmes and 21-year-old Rayquan Smith — to sell them a cellphone.

That’s when things went wrong.

“Basically, the person who got shot, (Holmes,) produced a firearm to rob the victim, but (the victim) jumped out of his vehicle and shot back, hitting (Holmes,)” Seay said. “It turned out that the guy who got shot wasn’t the victim, but actually the offender. He and his cousin (Smith) were arrested and the victim was not charged.”

Holmes and Smith were charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony and obstruction of justice for lying to police about what happened.

Both are being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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