Martin County Sheriff: Man shot in head over stolen marijuana, two suspects charged

[L} Ryan Lounders and his roommate Donald Smith were arrested and charged with attempted felony murder, burglary, and battery. (Source: MCSO)

A 27-year-old man remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, broken neck, and broken bones following a violent incident, that two suspects say was prompted over stolen marijuana.Patrick Nelson, of Superior Wisconsin, was staying at the Jensen Beach Club in Jensen Beach, while he visited the area. A witness told detectives they saw Nelson enter a mobile home at 385 North Sailfish, (Holiday Out Mobile Home Park) last night. The home’s occupants were not there at the time. Nelson spent a short time inside the home, then left before the owner returned.

When the resident, 25-year-old Ryan Lounders  returned to his mobile home, he told detectives he noticed approximately $1,000 in marijuana missing. Lounders and his roommate, 27-year old Donald Smith, then drove to the River Club condos where they entered Nelson’s home with a handgun and confronted him about the stolen marijuana. After a struggle, Nelson was shot in the head, and Lounders and Smith fled.

Martin County Sheriff’s Detective were able to track the events leading to the shooting, and arrested both Lounders and Smith. They are being charged with attempted felony murder, burglary, and battery, and are currently being processed at the Martin Jail without bond.

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