More details are coming to light surrounding the fatal shooting in Atlanta for which police have issued an arrest warrant for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton. From the AP:
A spokesman with the Atlanta police said Crittenton was not in custody. Calls to the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s office weren’t immediately returned.
Three of Crittenton’s neighbors in Fayetteville said SWAT members executed a search warrant last week on his residence.
The neighbors declined to give their names to The Associated Press during interviews near Crittenton’s home in an affluent cul-de-sac 17 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
No one answered the door at Crittenton’s residence, a three-story brick home with a manicured lawn and a small backyard.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday night that Crittenton has spoken with law enforcement about turning himself in, but as yet no police statement has been made to that effect.
The bad news seems to gain steam against Crittenton, as news of the search warrant indicates that an investigation has been ongoing since the April 19th shooting with Crittenton as a suspect. Meanwhile, some continue to be stunned at the allegations towards Crittenton, even after the incident with the Wizards and Gilbert Arenas in 2009. Crittenton has been described by several sources as “a good kid,” but if guilty of the charges, that won’t change the consequences for the former first-round draft pick. From the Washington Post‘s Michael Lee, who spoke with a former coach of Crittenton:
After his initial legal troubles, Crittenton’s college coach, Paul Hewitt, said he was stunned. “Him being involved in something like that is not something I would have suspected coming out of high school or when he was with us,” Hewitt, now the head coach at George Mason, said in January 2010.
So we wait to see what, if any, involvement Crittenton had with the incident and for him to surrender to authorities. Meanwhile four kids face a tragic new reality as the rest of the world focuses on a former basketball player’s involvement.
That this is not shocking is what is shocking.