ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A strange story about a shooting reported in the June 21 issue turns out to be even stranger than initially reported.
Alpharetta police were called to North Fulton Hospital at about noon June 4 after a man was admitted with a gunshot wound.
Jabar Frazier, 20, of Atlanta told police and the hospital he had met with a man at Wills Park to buy an iPad tablet for $450. Frazier said he got into a car with the seller, nicknamed “Slim,” and immediately “got a bad vibe.” When he tried to leave the car instead of going through with the purchase, he said Slim pulled a gun and shot him in the leg.
Frazier said he escaped and called his brother to pick him up and drive him to the hospital.
Now police think he was lying.
Alpharetta Public Safety Spokesman George Gordon said officers were suspicious almost immediately.
“A check of the parking lot did not reveal evidence of a shooting – no blood, no shell casings, anything of evidentiary value,” Gordon said. “That raised immediate red flags for our detectives.”
Gordon said suspicions were further raised when police were questioning Frazier, his brother, Roderic Berry, 32, of Atlanta, and Berry’s girlfriend, Evia Westby, 21, of Roswell Commons Way in Roswell. Gordon said all three were evasive, with Berry even refusing to give his date of birth.
Since Frazier was driven to the hospital in Berry’s car, police asked to look inside. Berry refused. He said he would need to get personal papers out of the car first. Police issued a search warrant on the car and impounded it.
Inside, they found a book bag containing women’s clothing, along with several vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana. Also in the car were digital scales and a shoe box filled with small plastic baggies. In the glove box was the upper receiver of a Glock handgun, which was reported stolen out of College Park.
When confronted with the evidence, Gordon said Frazier admitted he had shot himself accidentally and made the whole story up about buying an iPad.
Because no one took ownership of the drugs in the car, all three were charged with possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a crime and theft. Frazier was also charged with falsely reporting a crime.
Berry was also charged with obstruction and being a felon in possession of a firearm.