Booker T. Roberts of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested earlier this month for an attempted murder charge. Roberts, 34, allegedly shot Alphonso Palmer in the stomach outside a Kwik Stop Food Store in Lauderhill on December 12, 2015. News reports did not specify a lawyer for Roberts, who is being without bond.
Palmer accused Roberts of the crime while recuperating at Broward Health Medical Center, sources say. Palmer claims that the grudge that led to Roberts alleged shooting started after Palmer won a $100 bet against Roberts on a football game last October, sources say.
Palmer reportedly told detectives that he would sometimes buy drugs from Roberts, who allegedly threatened him with a gun on several occasions. The situation purportedly escalated at the Kwik Shop Food Store when Roberts confronted and threatened Palmer with a gun again. Palmer told police that Roberts shot at him, but that his first shot missed. Roberts then allegedly struck Palmer on the head with the gun before shooting again, this time hitting Roberts in the stomach, sources say.
A witness to the events claims to have seen Roberts shoot Palmer before driving away from the scene, according to news reports. Police officials also said that the convenience store’s cameras caught the argument and shooting on tape. A second witness allegedly identified Roberts and told police where his mother lived in Lauderhill.
Roberts was arrested by Fort Lauderdale police at the end of January, reports suggest. He was seen driving a gray Nissan and allegedly tried to get away when a police officer attempted to stop him. Roberts has already been convicted of several charges, including grand theft, shoplifting, burglary, assault on a police officer, battery, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, and driving with a suspended and revoked license, according to public records.
Source: 4.2.16 Roberts Attempted Murder.pdf