Javaris Crittenton, the former NBA player once suspended by the league for bringing a gun into the Washington Wizards’ locker room, has been charged with murder in the shooting of a woman on an Atlanta street.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said Friday night that police have secured a murder warrant for the arrest of Crittenton in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jullian Jones on Aug. 19. Campos said Crittenton, a former Georgia Tech player, isn’t in custody and is wanted.
Atlanta police Maj. Keith Meadows told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday night that Crittenton is believed to be in the Los Angeles area. He said the FBI is involved in the investigation.
Jones, a mother of four, was walking with a group of people on the city’s southwest side when she was shot by someone inside a dark-colored SUV, police said.
Investigators say they don’t believe the woman was the intended target. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.
During the 2009-10 season, Crittenton was suspended by the NBA for the final 38 games after he and teammate Gilbert Arenas brought guns into the locker room, following a confrontation.
On January 2010, Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and received probation.