Suspects sought after $1,000 pot deal leads to teen girl’s shooting in Anderson

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ANDERSON, Ind. (March 11, 2016) – Anderson police are looking for a 20-year-old man in connection with a weekend shooting that injured a 17-year-old girl.

Khanisus “K.J.” McCarter was being sought on multiple charges, including attempted murder, robbery, criminal recklessness and possession of a handgun.

According to court documents, the shooting followed a marijuana deal. A 17-year-old girl and her friend tried to sell $1,000 in pot through a deal they arranged via social media.

The girl and her friend picked up McCarter, who directed them to a home in the Brentwood addition Sunday night so he could get some money. McCarter came across a uniformed police officer who was investigating an unrelated case at the time; the officer talked to McCarter and released him.

McCarter led the other two to a home in the 1600 block of Dewey Street, where they found another man inside. McCarter, according to court documents, lunged for the marijuana, and a fight ensued. McCarter’s friend pulled out a gun and shots were fired inside the house.

The teen girl ran from the house during the struggle; her friend was pistol whipped during the encounter. While the girl’s friend ran away, McCarter’s friend opened fire again, hitting the girl while she sat in her car.

The girl suffered a gunshot wound to the chest; her friend drove her to the emergency room at St. Vincent of Anderson. She was later airlifted to St. Vincent in Indianapolis. Her friend suffered a cut to his head and an injury to his right hand; he declined medical treatment.

Both the girl and her companion identified McCarter through a photo array. Police have not identified the second person involved but were looking to McCarter.

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