LANCASTER — One of three suspects believed to be involved in the shooting of a Lancaster man who gave them a ride to a gas station last week was arrested on Monday, police said.
Investigators on Monday morning arrested Eric Gaither, 26, of 418 E. Arch St., in connection with the shooting. He has been charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime.
Police have identified Rendell Cunningham, 30, as a second suspect. Warrants have been issued for his arrest, charging him with attempted murder, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime.
At about 2 a.m. Friday, a man told police that he was on Eula Street, between Saint Paul Street and Thomas Lane, when he was flagged down by three people, police said.
He gave a ride to only one person who police later identified as Gaither, Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said. When they left the store, the man told police someone pulled out a gun and robbed him. The robber made him drive around and told him to empty his pockets.
Gaither did not shoot the victim, who Grant described as man in his 20s.
Grant would not say how Cunningham became involved.
The gunman then instructed the victim to drive to an apartment complex near Chesterfield Avenue, Grant said, before firing at the victim as he tried to get out of the car.
The victim was flown to Carolinas Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the back. As of Monday, he was still in the hospital in good condition with a possible release this week.