Man Shot During Alleged Drug Sale Robbery in Tuscaloosa Wednesday
Police have arrested a 19-year-old accused of nearly killing a man in Tuscaloosa last week in an allegedly premeditated robbery during a drug sale.
According to court documents filed Friday, Tuscaloosa Police were called to 28th Avenue and 16th Street last Wednesday night and found an adult male victim who had been shot.
The shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in west Tuscaloosa south of 15th Street, a few blocks away from the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
Police report the victim had been shot in the chest and was treated at DCH Regional Medical Center for a collapsed lung and projectile wounds to his torso, but has survived his injuries.
Investigators believe the victim was sitting in his own vehicle, selling unspecified illegal drugs to 19-year-old Antonio Tavoris Guyton, Jr.
The deposition says evidence collected from Guyton's cell phone and his own admissions to law enforcement suggest he had a premeditated plan to rob the victim during the sale.
Investigators said shell casing evidence appears to corroborate the narrative that the teenager was armed with a handgun and shot at the victim inside the vehicle, outside the car and as the victim ran away from the area. The report did not say how many times the victim was hit.
Investigators say a moderate amount of cash was reportedly missing from the victim's vehicle after the shooting.
Guyton was arrested Thursday and charged with one count each of attempted murder and first-degree robbery.
He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he remains Monday on a consolidated $150,000 bond.
This shooting was not relayed to local media outlets as it first developed and went unreported Wednesday night - it is separate from a Saturday night shooting at Jaycee Park that left a victim in critical condition.