The fatal shooting of a Somerton teen at a neighborhood construction site on Aug. 19 was even more “personal” than homicide detectives initially imagined.
On Wednesday morning, police charged a boyhood friend of the victim for carrying out the execution-style murder, which resulted from a dispute over a stolen video game console, investigators said.
Malik Anderson, 18, of the 1800 block of Tomlinson Road, allegedly lured his longtime pal, Daquan Marquis Crump, to a construction site at 10175 Northeast Ave. and shot him about a dozen times in the face and head with a .22-caliber pistol, according to Capt. James Clark, the homicide unit commander.
The shooting occurred at about 5:30 a.m. A construction worker discovered Crump’s corpse at 7:19 that morning. Anderson allegedly told detectives that he and Crump walked together to the murder site, where Anderson shot the unsuspecting Crump in the back of the head. With the wounded victim on the ground, Anderson shot him numerous more times.
Crump, 19, of the 9900 block of Haldeman Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Clark, Anderson told detectives that he and Crump had planned to steal another friend’s PS3 game system, sell it and share the proceeds. But Crump carried out the theft on his own, angering Anderson.
Police recovered the murder weapon from a refrigerator in Anderson’s home. Detectives continue to question him about his activities before and after the slaying, Clark said.
Investigators believe that Anderson acted alone. They arrested him “without incident” at his home at about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Clark said.
A bail hearing was pending. In accordance with state law, defendants charged with capital murder are not eligible for bail. ••