Bystander shot in robbery dispute

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A bystander was wounded Tuesday evening as a series of eventssurrounding an alleged armed robbery unfolded, authoritiessaid.

Two arrests, one for aggravated assault and one for armed robbery,have been made in an interlocking story involving an allegedrobbery and revenge.

Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson said the shooting of thebystander occurred around 6:18 p.m. Tuesday in the yard of 632North Sixth St. A detective patrolling in the area heard a gunshotand found Jerald Smith, 22, of 1103.5 South Second St., lying onthe ground.

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Henderson said it appeared Smith had been shot once in the back,and he was transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center.Additional information on his condition was not available Wednesdaymorning.

The alleged shooter, Andra Roundtree, 32, of 401 Industrial ParkRoad Lot 21, turned himself in to Brookhaven police Tuesday nightand was charged with aggravated assault.

Henderson said Roundtree had given a statement to police earlierTuesday regarding the investigation of a robbery. Roundtree claimedDavid J. Renfro, 17, of 1077 Crooked Lane, robbed him at hisdwelling on Monday.

Henderson said rather than waiting for police to finish theirinvestigation, Roundtree allegedly took aim at Renfro Tuesdayevening. However, he hit Smith instead.

“Instead of Roundtree letting us do our job, he tried to do it forus,” said Henderson.

While investigating the shooting, BPD was able to apprehend Renfroand he was charged with armed robbery.

Renfro and Roundtree remained in jail Wednesday morning. Bothincidents are still under investigation, Henderson said.