Police ID suspect in 25th Avenue shooting

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 7:29pm
Staff report
Cordarrel Lee Burton

Metro Police detectives are seeking a convicted robber in connection with Saturday morning’s shooting death of Lawrence Mason on 25th Avenue North.

Cordarrel Lee Buford, 20, who received a five-year sentence for robbery in 2007 and who is free on bond on drug and gun charges, is now named in a criminal homicide warrant for Mason’s murder, according to police.

Police say tip to Crime Stoppers led to the development of Buford as a suspect. He was later identified from a photo lineup as one of the persons who fired on Mason.

Buford was arrested in January after officers allegedly found him at an apartment in the Cumberland View public housing development with two pistols and marijuana, according to police.

Anyone with information about Buford or his whereabouts is urged to contact North Precinct Investigations at 862-7890 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.