GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been charged with killing two men in a June 2022 shooting that the Grand Rapids police chief said stemmed from a simple disagreement.
“It just doesn’t make any sense,” the chief said of the double murder.
Deiontreay Darrell Craft, 25, was charged with two counts of murder, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon with a firearm, and two other weapons charges, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. His preliminary examination was Wednesday.
The charges stem from the shooting deaths of Tony Dwayne Vaughn and Freddie James Lusk, both 58, in the early morning hours of June 23. Officers were sent to Martin Luther King Jr. Street SE near Eastern Avenue for a shooting and found the two men dead on the scene.
GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom told News 8 the shooting happened as the result of a “small and petty” disagreement, though he could not recall offhand exactly what that disagreement was about.
“This was one of those homicides which really, to you and me and the general public, it won’t ever make sense,” Winstrom said. “I believe it was some sort of disagreement which should have been easily dealt with through conflict resolution but instead it ended up in gunfire.”
Winstrom said the area where the shooting happened, the blocks around MLK Street and Eastern Avenue, historically sees more gunfire than other parts of the city and is now a focus area for GRPD’s data informed community engagement, or DICE, program to combat gun violence.
Online records show Craft was booked into the Kent County jail on Aug. 9 on drugs and weapons charges. The jail records also list investigative subpoenas from prosecutors for “life offense perjury” on Nov. 9, then the murder charges on Dec. 9.
“It did take many months for us to do all the steps to get to the point where we were ready to … get that individual charged,” Winstrom said.
He said a homicide investigation can take a while as investigators line up all the pieces but promised, “we’re tenacious, we’re going to follow through, we’re not forgetting these homicide victims.”