Suspected fun center shooter bound over

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE –  Less than a week before his 24th birthday, Lamar Alexander Carter was bound over to circuit court on three felony charges and remains jailed without bond in connection with the Feb. 13 Play Atlantis shooting.

Carter was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court April 1 by 24th District Court Judge John Courtright. No new court date has been set as of press time.

Carter is charged with first-degree murder, felony firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the death of Sean Key, 44 of Detroit. Carter faces life in prison if convicted.

The two men were at Play Atlantis, 19400 Allen Road. attending separate birthday parties when fights started. Police Lt. John Allen said there were three fights taking place.

Carter went to the parking lot, returned with a gun and began pointing it at people, Allen said. One woman he pointed it at ducked and Carter reportedly turned the gun on Key, killing Key instantly with one shot to the head.

Carter fled the facility, but investigators believe he stayed in the Detroit area until shortly before Feb. 25 when he took a bus to Oxford, Ala. He then went to a sub shop and asked an employee to call police. When police arrived, he surrendered.

Carter remains jailed without bond in Wayne County Jail. He was arraigned Feb. 13, after surrendering to police in Oxford. He was extradited back to Michigan days later.

Key reportedly something to the shooter before he was shot, possibly to put the focus on him and away from the children and adults around him. Allen said Key was “a hero.”

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