Police say drugs likely led to fatal shooting

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 6:48pm

Police said drugs appear to be behind a shooting that left one man dead near the J.C. Napier public housing development Tuesday evening.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Stephen Carlton, 29, of Hermitage was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store at 78 Lafayette St. after he met two men there to allegedly sell them two pounds of marijuana.

One of the suspects shot Carlton, before the two ran from the scene. Police said a friend of Carlton’s hid the marijuana in some bushes, but police recovered it later.

Police have not arrested anyone in the shooting but said they’ve made “significant progress” in identifying the gunman.

Carlton was out on parole on a robbery conviction in Montgomery County, according to police.

2 Comments on this post:

By: njmccune on 6/17/10 at 6:13

Carlton was not great loss. Sorry for the cold and calused reply but this was no first time offender. This guy was obviously a career criminal. At 29 he still had many years of crime and the resultant $$ it would cost us to keep him in jail, not even to mention the herd of children he probably has already produced who will spend their life on welfare.

Before the do-gooders jump all over me, let me tell you that I live in this neighborhood and have come to the realization that allowing the criminals to kill each other is not a bad solution.

By: fishfry on 6/17/10 at 7:32

I can see your point. It is sad that one has to become calloused to life, It is obvious our justice system cannot help these people, I guess they just live outside the law and die that way. What a commentary on our society.