Shooting suspect expected to be returned to Melvindale this week

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – The man suspected in the Feb. 13 shooting death at Play Atlantis is expected to be extradited back to the city soon.

“We expect him back sometime next week,” Lt. John Allen said Thursday.

Allen said no court date has been set for Lamar Alexander Carter, 23. He said Carter will be arraigned either the day he returns or the following day. Carter is charged in the death of Sean Lawrence Key, of Detroit while both were at Play Atlantis, 19400 Allen Road.

Carter reportedly took a bus to Oxford, Ala., Feb. 25 and shortly after arriving, went into a Quiznos restaurant and asked an employee to call 911 and have police come and get him. Authorities suspect Carter was tired of running after 12 days as a fugitive.

Carter remains in Alabama until his extradition, Allen said.

Carter allegedly shot Key while both men, who reportedly didn’t know each other, were there for birthday parties for a 1-year-old and 3-year-old. While Carter and Key may have been strangers, their respective families knew each other.

Allen said three different fights broke out and Carter allegedly went outside, got a gun and returned. Carter reportedly pointed the gun at a woman, who ducked. Carter then pointed it at Key, who was trying to focus attention on himself in an effort to shield nearby children.

Carter then allegedly shot Key in the head and fled the building.

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