Couple Shot Meeting Craigslist Buyer

The man and woman told police the man who answered their Craigslist ad tried to rob them

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:31 AM PDT
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Family Mourns Craigslist Shooting Victim

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Craigslist Shooting Suspect May Be Linked to Similar Robberies

According to a search warrant, Rashon Abernathy, the suspect in the shooting death of Garrett Berki, is also a primary suspect in a similar robbery on May 5, about a week before Berki was killed. Tony Shin reports.

Family Mourns Craigslist Shooting Victim

Family and friends of Garrett Berki, the teenager shot and killed Wednesday night during a robbery in Paradise Hills, gathered to remember him. The violent crime occurred when Berki and his girlfriend answered a Craigslist ad. Mari Payton reports.
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Two people were shot late Monday after meeting a potential buyer who was responding to a Craigslist ad.

The shooting victims posted an ad to sell an iPhone on the popular online website and then arranged to meet a prospective buyer in a McDonald’s parking lot on Friars Road and Northside Drive.

When the two parties met, the buyer got into the couple’s BMW and then pulled a gun on the sellers.

“During the potential sale of that cell phone, the suspect produced a gun and tried to rob them of the cell phone and cash,” said Lt. Paul Rorrison with San Diego police.

There was a struggle inside the vehicle between the three people and the gun fired officials said.

The sellers, a man and a woman, each suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds and drove themselves to the Kaiser Hospital on Zion Drive.

San Diego police officers were called to the hospital around 11:30 p.m. to take a police report.

The victims were later transported to Sharp Hospital for further treatment officials said.

Investigators have not released a suspect description.

More than a year ago, a similar crime occurred in Paradise Hills but instead of suffering superficial wounds, the victim was shot and killed.

Rashon Abernathy, 18, Seandell Jones, 19, and Shaquille Jordan, 18, were convicted last month in the May 2011 death of Garrett Berki, 18, of Pacific Beach.

The three teenagers lured Berki with a Craigslist ad offering a laptop computer then robbed him of $600 and drove away. After Berki chased after the suspects, he was shot sitting behind the wheel of his car.

A jury convicted the teens of first degree murder, robbery and shooting.

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