Victim, witnesses testify in trial of man charged with shooting 13-year-old boy
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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Tanrrance Maurice Landrum
Tanrrance Maurice Landrum
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Witnesses in a Calhoun County courtroom Tuesday testified about the events which led to the shooting of a 13-year-old boy at Constantine Homes last March.

Police officers testifying Tuesday said two witnesses who were with the victim at the time of the incident told police that they saw Tanrrance Maurice Landrum, 24, of Weaver, shoot the victim with a chrome handgun on March 10, 2013.

Landrum is charged with first-degree assault in connection with the shooting.

The boy, now 14, who was shot once in the back and once in the arm, still has difficulty standing up and sleeping because of his injuries, his mother, Bonnie Swink, told the court.

According to the testimony of three men present at the shooting, the incident took place near two buildings in the housing complex sometime after dark. A police officer who responded to the shooting told the court Tuesday that he found .380-caliber and .40-caliber shell casings between the two buildings.

Jurors also heard testimony from the teen, who said he knew Landrum only by the nickname “T” and had no relationship with him prior to the shooting.

When Assistant District Attorney Sheila Field asked the victim if he had any reason for an altercation with Landrum, the boy said, “No.”

The victim, whose name The Star has chosen not to publish, testified that he and two of his uncles — Marcus Swink and Michael Swink — and a cousin, Jamie Swink, arrived at the complex as it was getting dark. The victim and two of the Swinks testified that they had been going to a barbeque.

Prosecutors showed jurors a video of a March 10 police interview with Jamie Swink in which he told police that Landrum was not the only one involved in the shooting. A short, light-skinned, African-American man was also involved, Swink said in the video. That suspect hasn’t been identified, police testified Tuesday.

Michael Swink said that as the teen and his relatives were walking around the complex, he heard Landrum say, “What’s up now?” before the suspects started shooting at them. Swink said at least 25 to 30 shots were fired and he believed the shooters reloaded their weapons.

“They were trying to shoot all of us,” he said.

Michael Swink also told jurors that he and the victim at first hid behind their car, but when the suspects kept firing, they began to run. As they were running, Swink heard the victim shout, “I’m hit” as he fell down.

The boy told the court he saw Landrum and another man run to a small white car and drive away after he fell.

The victim’s relatives said they rushed him to Regional Medical Center where he was treated. He was released a few hours after his arrival, according to testimony.

Police Sgt. Tim Suits, the investigator on the case, testified that he interviewed Marcus Swink and Jamie Swink last March. Both identified Landrum as the man who shot the victim, he said.

Susan Henderson, Landrum’s attorney, questioned Jamie Swink on his interview with Suits. On the stand Tuesday, Jamie Swink said he had not seen Landrum shooting at the victim.

Cause and effect

The victim’s relatives who testified told the court that the shooting may have stemmed from an altercation between another relative named Marcus Swink, known as “Red,” and Landrum earlier in the day.

Red Swink told the court that he showed up, uninvited, to a barbeque at what he believed was the apartment of his ex-girlfriend, whom Landrum was dating at the time.

Swink told prosecutors that when he gave his ex-girlfriend a hug, Landrum swore at him, he swore back and Landrum pulled a handgun. Swink said Landrum never pointed the gun at him, but kept it out and visible at his waist.

Swink testified that he left the complex after a relative of Landrum’s said she was going to call the police.

When Henderson, the defense attorney, asked the victim if he would have had conflict with Landrum because of Red Swink’s problems with the other man, the victim took a while to respond.

Jamie Swink testified that he received a call from Red Swink before the four arrived at the complex, telling him about the altercation. Michael Swink testified that Landrum might have thought one of the men in their group was Red.

The defendant’s testimony is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

Editor’s note: This story has been changed to fix an error concerning the city in which Landrum resided.
Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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