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Police: Shooting of teen in Edwardsville stemmed from $800 marijuana deal

Jermaine Harper, left, and Anthony Danley
Jermaine Harper, left, and Anthony Danley

It was a drug deal gone wrong, according to police.

Court documents state that a 17-year-old Glen Carbon boy agreed to buy $800 worth of marijuana. Instead he got shot.

Jermaine Harper, 25, and Anthony Danley, 24, are charged with shooting the juvenile on Nov. 12 inside a car in Edwardsville.

The 17-year-old is identified only as “A.M.” in an application for a search warrant. Edwardsville Detective Sgt. Mike Lybarger requested a court order to search a yellow four-door Chevrolet Aveo to look for marijuana, drug paraphernalia, guns, ammunition, blood, money, cell phones or other drugs.

A witness reported seeing occupants of a yellow car “horsing around” near the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center, then saw a passenger jump out of the car, holding his shoulder and bleeding from his head. Another witness saw A.M. drop a backpack near a house at 129 Longfellow, then run away.

The boy ran to the Edwardsville Fire Station at 310 Monclaire Ave. He had a gunshot wound to his left, upper arm and a cut to the left side of his forehead, above his eye.

“A.M. initially was uncooperative and did not want to provide details of the shooting for fear of being killed,” Lybarger’s affidavit stated.

At the hospital, the victim told police that he made arrangements with Danley, whom he knew as “Ant,” to buy $800 worth of marijuana, according to the affidavit. They agreed to meet on the street near the detention center on Nov. 12. At about 3:50 p.m., A.M. met Harper and got into the Aveo. Danley was in the passenger seat.

“As they drove around the block, Ant pulled a black handgun and pointed it at his head. Ant told A.M. to give him all his money and cell phone,” Lybarger wrote. “A.M. started pleading with Ant, and Ant struck him in the head with the gun.”

The 17-year-old was shot as he jumped from the car.

An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Broadcast was broadcast to notify police of the suspects. Illinois State Police Trooper Dontrell Harriel stopped the Aveo on Illinois Route 3 near Cahokia. The car smelled like marijuana, according to the affidavit.

Danley was carrying a 9mm handgun, according to the affidavit. The trooper also saw two small spots of blood on the passenger seat.

Both suspects told police that the juvenile was shot by Danley inside the car in what was supposed to be a marijuana purchase from Danley.

Danley and Harper are both charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with great bodily harm. Danley is also charged with aggravated discharge of a weapon.

Bail for Harper and Danley was set at $150,000. Both men remained in the Madison County Jail as of Friday.