19-year-old Philadelphia man shot during gun sale, 3 men arrested for his murder, cops say

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Source: Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

Jul. 13 2021, Published 12:51 p.m. ET

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A 19-year-old Philadelphia man was shot and killed during a gun sale and three men have been arrested in connection to that robbery and murder, police said.

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Around 3 p.m. July 10, Lower Merion police responded to a report of an unconscious man in a vehicle, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Once on the scene, police said they found Layth Evans, 19, seated in the driver’s seat of a Nissan with a gunshot wound to his face.

Evans was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

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Officials said investigators processed the crime scene and found $500 on the driver’s side floorboard and a used Hornady 9mm shell casing on the floor of the backseat.

According to authorities, Micah Colbert, 19, and Elijah Smith, 21, planned a meeting with Evans to purchase a “ghost gun” from him.

A “ghost gun” is a firearm assembled from parts and cannot be traced since it does not have a serial number, police said.

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Investigators said they found out Colbert used a third man's — Dorian Harris — Glock firearm to shoot the victim in the face, which caused his death.

Around 6 p.m. July 10, police said Harris walked into the police station to report his Glock 19 semi-automatic weapon was taken and used by his roommate, Colbert.

The weapon was turned over to detectives and according to video evidence and eyewitnesses, officials said they confirmed Harris was not present at the shooting.

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Officials also recovered a ghost gun from the shared bedroom of Colbert and Harris, which they believe belonged to the victim.

Colbert and Smith were arrested and charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery and related charges, police said.

Harris was arrested and charged with unlawful transfer of a firearm, police said.


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