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Two men face charges in Sunday morning shooting

May 22, 2013


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Two Topeka men are facing charges in connection with a shooting in Lawrence early Sunday morning that left two men in critical condition.

Erick Shakeel Smith

Erick Shakeel Smith

Douglas County prosecutors charged Erick Shakeel Smith, 20, Wednesday with two counts of aggravated battery. Steven Michael Gigger, 29, also arrested in connection with the shooting, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. Gigger spent time in Kansas prisons after being convicted of aggravated robbery in Shawnee County in 2002.

Steven Michael Gigger

Steven Michael Gigger

The two men were arrested Monday in Shawnee County after investigators with the Lawrence Police Department named them as suspects in the shooting of Tommy D. Andrews, 33, and Michael A. Holford, 27, both also of Topeka, in the 800 block of Greever Terrace about 3:40 a.m. Sunday.

That location is about three blocks north of the bar Club Magic, 804 West 24th St., where police were responding to a disturbance when they heard the gunshots and found one of the shooting victims on Greever Terrace. Moments later, a vehicle driven by the second gunshot victim crashed into a police patrol car in the 23rd Street McDonald’s parking lot adjacent to the Club Magic bar. Police said they believe the wounded man had driven there seeking help.

On Wednesday, Smith remained in Douglas County Jail with bond set at $150,000. Before he was arrested Monday, he had been free on a $20,000 bond after a January arrest in Topeka on suspicion of aggravated battery, according to court records. If convicted of aggravated battery, Smith could face a prison sentence of between 38 months and 14 years in prison for each count, depending on his criminal history.

Gigger remained in custody with bond set at $50,000. Both Smith and Gigger are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

No updates on the gunshot victims' conditions have been available since Monday, when Holford was reported to be in critical, but stable, condition. But on Wednesday, Douglas County prosecutors said the men remained hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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Locations involved in a Sunday morning shooting in Lawrence.


geoismeo 5 years, 1 month ago

A couple of punks, just put them down.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 1 month ago

If it is just the same to you, geoismeo, I would like to see them tried before a jury of peers first. They have a right under the Constitution to due process of law.

Moreover, I dont believe the charges filed allow for capital punishment.

Maracas 5 years, 1 month ago

What was domestic about any of that?

Ian_Cummings 5 years, 1 month ago

One of the defendants is charged with battery. Whether that relates to a domestic violence incident may be explained in court. But in the first hours after a shooting, often a lot of information comes out that only becomes clear later. Ian Cummings, LJW.

Ian_Cummings 5 years, 1 month ago

They were not inmates at the Douglas County Jail when the shootings occurred. Both have been in custody since they were arrested Monday. When people are taken out of the jail for court, or to be interviewed by investigators, they are booked into the jail again when they return. Ian Cummings, LJW.

otto 5 years, 1 month ago

If they were detained in Topeka and transferred to Lawrence for questioning and then arrested, they would put an address in for the paperwork and the jails address is convenient. Just a guess though.

KSManimal 5 years, 1 month ago

Smith, being 20 years old, could not legally have a handgun either. I'd wager that neither of these yahoos obtained their guns from a source that would actually conduct a background check - even if we had a universal background check law in place. So, no...universal background checks would not have stopped this.

I invite anyone with evidence to disprove my hypothesis.

Dusty Murphy 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow! You're telling me this is ANOTHER shooting gun control policies wouldn't have been to stop?

/end sarcasm

Cases like this are obvious examples of why going off the deep end on gun control will never work. It's just something for people to pick and yell "Won't SOMEONE think of the children?"

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