An apparent drug deal gone wrong led to the Monday shooting death of two people and the hospitalization of two more, Cheyenne police said Tuesday afternoon.
The suspected shooter, 25-year-old Andrew Weaver, of Cheyenne, admitted his guilt to an investigator following his arrest about two hours after the shooting, said an agency spokesman.
The Monday afternoon shooting killed 37-year-old Adrien Butler and 30-year-old Shaline Wymer, both of Cheyenne. Two 14-year-old boys also suffered injuries in the shooting and have survived. One of the two children remained at a Cheyenne hospital Tuesday, while the other had been airlifted to a Denver-area hospital, Public Information Officer Kevin Malatesta said. He could not provide their prognoses.
Police withheld the boys’ identities due to their age. All four victims are unrelated.
The case is strongly related to drug crime, Malatesta said. The police spokesman said by phone Tuesday afternoon that Weaver was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting. Authorities have ongoing cases related to other drug crimes at the same address.
Two people who were outside the East 11th Street house told police Weaver said he was going to exchange a handgun for money, another gun or methamphetamine, according to Malatesta’s description of an affidavit of probable cause. Weaver walked inside and witnesses heard gunshots, Malatesta said. The witnesses drove away without Weaver, but police caught up with them later.
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Weaver is the sole suspect in the double homicide investigation. When police arrived at the house, he had already left.
Law enforcement found Weaver at about 6:20 p.m. trying to hide in a nearby field. He was taken into custody without incident and hospitalized for unspecified treatment.
In an interview with police, Weaver made a “pretty blatant” admission to shooting the four people, Malatesa said. The spokesman said Weaver’s motive was somewhat nebulous.
Weaver remained in custody at Laramie County jail on Tuesday. Prosecutors are expected to charge Weaver on Wednesday morning in Laramie County Circuit Court with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, misdemeanor theft and possession of a controlled substance.
“Thank you to our police department and other first responders,” Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr wrote in a tweet posted Monday evening. “It’s been a tough day in Cheyenne. Lives were lost. Others are fighting. Thanks to our police department, we can sleep soundly. The suspect is in custody. God bless and keep you all.”
Star-Tribune staff writer Joshua Wolfson contributed to this report.