Young Mother Innocent Victim of Gunbattle

A mother loading her 2-year-old son into an SUV was killed Tuesday and five others were wounded in a gunbattle at a strip mall in south Sacramento, authorities said. Two men were inside a barber shop just before 1 p.m. when two other men came in and started shooting, said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran. The men in the barber shop were armed and returned fire, Curran said.

The gunbattle apparently moved into the parking lot with at least one of the suspects getting into a white sedan. Curran said the gunfire continued as some of the suspects got away. A bullet struck the 30-year-old woman in the chest just after she put her son into the child seat of her Chevy Tahoe, Curran said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene; the child was unhurt and has been placed under child protective services.

“We believe she’s a totally innocent victim,” Curran said.

Four of the five men injured in the gunbattle have been taken to local hospitals, including an unidentified man with life-threatening injuries who was shot in the chest, Curran said. A 37-year-old man, who was one of the barbers working inside the shop, was shot in the ankle. A 28-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and leg. Another man whose age was unknown suffered a leg wound. The fifth man, a 39-year-old male, suffered a grazing wound. Authorities have not released the identities. No charges have been filed.

“They are all being treated as victims. We do believe there’s a high probability that those we are with are suspects,” Curran said.

He said the strip mall in south Sacramento has been taped off and authorities have found multiple shell casings on the ground. The gunfire damaged several vehicles in the parking lot, including a Chinese restaurant across the street about 200 yards away.

Clerk Beaten For Closing Early

An 18-year-old man is charged with beating a Newark tobacco store clerk with an aluminum bat after he was told the business was closing for the night. Delaware State Police say the Marshall Demby II of Newark went to the store Friday night to buy a watch. The 33-year-old store clerk said he needed to close the store early. Police say Demby became angry. As the clerk began closing the store, he was struck in the back of the head with an aluminum bat. When he turned around, he was struck again and fell down. The clerk pulled out a knife and tried to hold Demby until police arrived. But Demby struggled and fled. Demby later turned himself in and is charged with assault and weapons offenses. The store clerk was treated for a broken arm and head injuries.

Teens Carjack Lawyer – Man Dies

Car jacking

An 18-year-old Gary man was sentenced to six years on probation for carjacking a prominent Gary lawyer who died six months after the crime. Jerry Lee Tarver admitted he and co-defendant David Adam Watson, 17, carjacked Fred Work as he sat alone in his car on March 16. Court records indicate Work was sitting in his 2001 Lincoln listening to the radio in an alley behind his home when two males wearing masks walked up and ordered him out of his car at gunpoint. Tarver and Watson got into his car and took off after stealing his money and watch.

Tarver has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of Watson, who appeared in court Monday for his initial hearing. Watson, who was 16 at the time, has pleaded not guilty. If Tarver fails his probation terms, which include that he obtain his GED, he will be sent to prison. The plea agreement, which was accepted by Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell last week, called for the dismissal of robbery and battery charges.

About five weeks after the carjacking, Watson was shot by Gary police Patrolman Terry Peck after he raised an AK-47 and ignored the officer’s commands to drop the weapon.

Watson was hospitalized in Indianapolis after the shooting. Work died Sept. 13 at age 75.

Man Chokes His 3-Year-Old Son

Police arrested a 27-year-old Gary man who, after spending the entire day drinking, tried to choke his 3-year-old namesake because the boy didn’t want to go to him, court records state. Courtney N. Davis, a resident of Dorie Miller Housing Development, was arrested Wednesday night by Patrolmen Shanesha Emmons and John Street who went to his home and found signs of a struggle throughout the apartment, and marks on Davis’ 16-year-old stepdaughter and his son, Courtney Davis Jr.

Davis was charged with five counts of neglect of a dependent, one count of felony battery and four counts of misdemeanor battery. He is being held at Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond. His stepdaughter told Detective Willie Ervin she was caring for the toddler, cooking him some dinner and putting his pajamas on, when the boy’s father called for him, the affidavit states.

Davis “kept hollering for Courtney Jr. to come to him but Courtney Jr. would not do so,” the affidavit states.

The girl took the toddler to her room, but Davis came in and pushed and punched her. He forced her 11-year-old sister out into the cold with no coat or shoes and started choking his son, police said. The 16-year-old told police the child cried, “Stop, Daddy,” while his father choked him. The girl ran to a neighbor’s home for help, and when the neighbor arrived, she saw Davis lying on top of his son threatening to kill him. The boy’s mother told police she was at work all day and she believed Davis had been drinking since 8 a.m. and “she believes he also snorts something.” She returned home about 6 p.m. and found water on the kitchen floor, a phone pulled out of the wall and furniture moved.

Woman Goes Shopping After Slashing Man’s Throat

A woman has been arrested for the murder of a man found dead earlier this week. 39-year-old Lori Hummel of the 400 block of Ridgway Avenue in Gloucester City was arrested on Friday and charged in the death 0f 54-year-old Thomas Carbin. Carbin’s body was found by his teenage daughter on Monday in his Westville, N.J. apartment. Police say Hummel was an acquaintance of Carbin who visited on Sunday night and was there until the early morning hours of Monday.

At some point Monday morning, police say Hummel slashed Carbin’s neck, killing him. She then allegedly stolen cash and gift cards and went shopping.

Hummel is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.