Police now believe an Arnold shooting wasn’t just a drug deal gone bad; it was a robbery setup from the start.
Police believe three people were involved in the plot, including a woman who initially met the victim and two men who tried to rob him, Arnold police Sgt. Joe Nixon said.
No arrests have been made so far.
The 25-year-old man shot once in the hip remains in stable condition in a hospital, according to police. Police believe he was shot as he struggled with one of the suspects.
The man told police he was met in the 1600 block of Arnold’s Victoria Avenue by a heavyset white female with black hair and a purple tattoo on her left shoulder or arm. He was led to Woodbine Alley, where he got inside a red sedan with two men.
The victim admitted to police he went to the address to buy marijuana, Nixon said.
“He was set up; they were trying to rob him. They knew he was coming with money,” Nixon said.
The man told police that once he got into the car, the men pulled guns and tried to rob him, Nixon said. The victim said he struggled over a semiautomatic gun with one of the men, whom he described as a light-skinned black man with a tassel cap and a red flannel or checked shirt, according to police.
The victim told police he believes he was shot by the other man in the car. He could not provide a detailed description of that man.
Police believe the woman was part of the robbery, Nixon said, noting she got in a car with the men afterward.
The car went south toward McCandless Street, Nixon said.
“We have nothing that connects them right now other than the location,” Nixon said.
The victim told police the robbers didn’t get any of his money.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Arnold police.