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2 Arrested in "Drug-Rip" gone bad that ended in a shooting
On April 18, 2018, United States Marshal Regional Fugitive Task Force (USMRFTF) arrested 18 year old Howard Anthony Gookool (Port St. Luice) for armed burglary and attempted armed robbery while wearing a mask. On April 19, 2018, Port St. Lucie Police Detectives arrested 16 year old Myrvey Jacob Elien (Port St. Lucie) for robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, armed burglary, and tampering with witness.
The investigation began on April 14, 2018 at around 8:10 pm when police were called to the 3100 block of SW Nutley Street for reports of a shooting. Once on scene police learned that that the homeowner, his son, and his son's girlfriend were sitting on the back patio. Two suspects approached the trio and ordered them to the ground. The homeowner and his son resisted the order and began fighting the first suspect. As the fight continued, the first suspect told the second suspect to shoot. It was at this time that the second suspect fired a .22 caliber pistol shooting the homeowner in the right buttocks. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.
Detectives continued the investigation and learned that one of the residents of the home (not present during the shooting) sells Marijuana and this is the reason for the attempted robbery. Detectives interviewed the male resident who sells Marijuana in the house. The male told detectives that a in the recent past a friend had told him that two suspects, later identified as Gookool and Elien, said that they were going to "Hit a Lick", which meant that they were going to steal the Marijuana at the victim's house. Detectives talked to that witness and confirmed the statements made by the suspects.
Final investigation revealed that Gookool and Elien went to the victim's house to rob them of the Marijuana. Gookool first entered the patio, with Elien behind him, and ordered the three victim's to the ground. The victim's refused and began to fight with Gookool. Elien then shot his handgun hitting the 43 year old male victim in the buttocks. Gookool and Elien then fled the scene. The 43 year old man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Gookool was arrested pursuant to the warrant and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. Elien was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.