Crime

2 charged in connection to Sunday shooting in Lakewood

A suspect in a drive-by shooting Sunday in Lakewood called police to say he’d been at Seattle Hemp Fest all day, and hung up when a detective asked that he turn himself in, according to charging papers.

Thierry Leon Cross Jr., 17, and George Jerome Holland Jr., 19, are charged with first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

Both have warrants for their arrests.

Court records give this account:

Police responded to reports of the shooting in the 6500 block of 94th Street Southwest, where they found several bullet casings nearby and a parked Ford Mustang hit by four bullets.

They saw that another bullet had hit the concrete wall of a nearby apartment, where someone was sleeping at the time of the shooting.

A woman told officers that Holland and Cross walked up to her apartment and both fired handguns in her direction, then fled.

Cross has been harassing her, she said, in part because she is friends with a police officer’s daughter.

She showed officers text messages that Cross has sent in recent months, with threats to shoot up her home or kill her. She said Cross called her shortly before the shooting, and she didn’t answer.

After the shooting, he texted her: “Haha Southend,” which an investigating detective believed to be a gang reference.

Cross and Holland have said they are gang members, according to police.

When officers went to Cross’s house, they saw a white Dodge Caliber, similar to the car that was driven away after the shooting.

Cross’ mother said he had just left the house with Holland.

Later, Cross called a detective three times, said he had been in Seattle all day at Hemp Fest, and asked what evidence police had connecting him to the shooting.

The detective asked Cross to turn himself in, but he hung up during the calls.

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