An Omaha man wounded in a drive-by shooting nearly two weeks ago faces a charge of marijuana possession, less than an ounce.
Twenty-eight-year-old Lafayette Carodine suffered a gunshot wound to his back on September 28th. He told police he was southbound on North 144th Street when a car began tailgating him around 10 p.m. Carodine turned west onto Maple Street when the car pulled alongside his SUV and someone inside opened fire.
The SUV crashed at 144th and Blondo and Carodine got out and ran to the east before collapsing. Witnesses said the other vehicle, a dark, newer model Chevy Impala drove away.
Carodine's two children, ages 2 and 5, were in the SUV. They were not hurt.
When asked about the bag of marijuana, police say Carodine responded, "It's mine, I got it for free and I smoke about once a day."
"We were just talking to the cashier inside the gas station, then we heard gunshots in the background,” said witness Trent Yarbrough. “We came outside and looked at what happened and I guess a car pulled up to another car and a couple gunshots went off because he shot at the driver and then sped away down that road going west. The guy that got shot ended up jumping out of the car and leaving his kids in the car and my friend's parents just ran over to the car and took the kids into the gas station and called the cops."
“Sounded like little lady fingers, didn't think anything about it and said who is lighting fireworks off in September and then heard a bunch of sirens, saw the fire truck come up,” said witness Ashley Francisco. "You could just see his legs and you could tell that he was okay because he was moving his legs."