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Drug deal gone bad leads to shooting, neighborhood lockdown

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CITY HEIGHTS (CBS 8) - A City Heights neighborhood was locked down by police for at least three hours on Wednesday night, after a drug deal gone bad turned into a shooting and manhunt.

Police say a 50-year-old man was trying to buy marijuana from a suspect in his mid-20's when an argument broke out.  The older man reportedly pulled out a large hunting knife, but the suspect produced a handgun and opened fire.

The victim was shot four times. His wounds are considered non-life threatening.

Police responded to the apartment complex in the 4300-block of Dawson Street and locked down the building while they searched for the gunman. Neighbors who were outside were prevented from entering their homes for hours, and those who were indoors were not allowed to leave.

A small crowd gathered near the crime scene was growing agitated with the wait, as police spent hours going car-to-car searching vehicles in the surrounding area for any signs of the gunman.

The suspect is only described as a black male, about 26 or 27 years old, who was wearing a white t shirt. He was last seen running away on foot.

Around 9:30p.m. the lockdown was lifted and neighbors were allowed back in their homes. Police had detained three people for questioning, but did not make any arrests.


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