The double shooting at the Economy Inn on Brainerd Road Friday started as a drug deal and ended in gunfire when the man buying the drugs tried to rob the dealer, according to police.
Police have arrested two suspects in the case — Corey Greer, 28, is charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, among other charges, while Brandon Robinson, 26, is charged for allegedly driving the getaway car.
A man, a woman and a 17-year-old boy were in the hotel room at 5505 Brainerd Road on Friday when Greer came to the door around noon, the woman told police.
The man in the room, Henry Bennett, recognized Greer and let him inside, the woman said. Bennett had a gun in his waistband, she said. She told police that the pair completed a drug deal, but then Greer tried to rob Bennett and lunged for the gun in Bennett's waistband.
That's when Bennett pulled out his gun and Greer yanked his gun from his pants, the woman said. Both men started shooting wildly at each other, she said, and she ran into a bathroom.
The woman said Greer fired 15 or 20 shots at the bathroom and Bennett then fled on foot. Both Bennett and the 17-year-old were injured in the spray of bullets.
Greer was also wounded, but ran out the door and jumped into a waiting Nissan Altima, according to his affidavit. That car was driven by Brandon Robinson, who took off and led police on an about 11-mile chase to Alton Park, before wrecking at 3500 Ohls Avenue.
During the chase, Greer threw a gun and an ammunition magazine out of the window of the car, according to police.
Both Robinson and Greer were arrested. Greer was charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit especially aggravated robbery, possession of a handgun while in commission of a felony, felony evading arrest and tampering with evidence.
Robinson was charged with felony evading, accessory after the fact, driving on a revoked license, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit especially aggravated robbery.
Bennett has not been charged for alleged his role in the drug deal and shooting. Police said Monday the investigation is still ongoing.
All three injured men are expected to survive their injuries.