Tyrek Akeem Smith was the guy who pulled the trigger in the fatal West Hazelton shooting of Abdul Hakeem Shabazz Monday, according to statements made by the two other Harrisburg-area men accused in the killing in court documents.
But a gun believed to be used in the killing was found in the pocket of a jacket where one of the men and his belongings were found during a Friday search in Upper Allen Township. Two spent casings the same caliber as the shots that killed Shabazz were found in a room where the other brother was sleeping.
Brothers Isiah and Izael Garrett, both of both of the 1200 block of Rocky Road in Upper Allen Township, both told police Smith, 24, of the first block of South 13th Street in Harrisburg, was the one who shot Shabazz.
According to the documents, filed when the three were charged Friday in District Judge Ronald Swank’s court in Mountantop, Luzerne County, Isiah Garrett told police his father, Calvin G. Garrett, had arranged for Shabazz to deliver marijuana to the home where Shabazz was shot.
Izel Garrett told police Smith threw $400 to $500 in cash, some in counterfeit bills, to pay for a “brick-sized” package of marijuana. When Shabazz, who was also known as “Weed Bull”, picked up the money used to pay for the pot, he “looked at it funny as if something was not quite right” and threw it back on the table, the documents state.
Smith and Shabazz exchanged words, then Smith pulled out a black-colored revolver and pointed it Shabazz. When Shabazz reached for the weapon, Smith punched Shabazz in the head, then shot him as he was lying on the ground. The brothers said Smith fired a second shot when Shabazz got up, but Shabazz was able to run from the apartment and jumped a fence to get away, the documents state.
Shabazz was found who was found lying between two homes by police who tracked the location of the cell phone he used to call 9-1-1. He was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Geisinger Medical Center in Plains, where he was flown after first being taken to Hazelton General Hospital.
According to court documents, investigators began to zero in on the Garretts after witnesses helped them track the actual shooting to an apartment shared by Calvin Garrett and his girlfriend, Melvonia Gentry. A search of that apartment turned up two bullet holes and a bullet that matched one taken from Shabazz’s body.
A state police spokesman said the investigation is continuing and would not rule out the possibility of other arrests.
Neither brother’s accounts in the statements explains why the gun and shell casings were found in their home. Police said they also found a second gun, with its serial number obliterated, marijuana, counterfeit money and additional ammunition in their search of the home.
Police tracked the brothers to Upper Allen Township by tracking a cell phone one of them was believed to be using. The phone was used in the Hazelton area before and shortly after the shooting. Within an hour of the shooting it was tracked moving south along Interstate 81 and it was later routinely used in the area of Rocky Road in Upper Allen Township.
All three are being held without bail on charges of criminal homicide, robbery, conspiracy and firearms violations. Under Pennsylvania law, bail is not permitted in capital cases.