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Trio charged in murder of Waukegan pot dealer

An apartment complex 1603 Berwick Waukegan site fatal shooting Randy Hardy 47. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

An apartment complex at 1603 Berwick in Waukegan and the site of a fatal shooting of Randy Hardy, 47. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 19, 2013 6:15AM

WAUKEGAN — Three local men are facing first-degree murder charges and were being held on $1 million bonds Monday for the fatal shooting of a reputed marijuana dealer.

Steven Gee, 21, and Armando Sanders, 19, both of 1700 McAree Road, and Anthony Brito, 20, of 2100 Grove Ave., all of Waukegan, are all being held in Lake County Jail on not only the murder charges, but also accused of armed robbery and home invasion in the death of Randy Hardy, 47, of 1603 Berwick Blvd.

“All three have given statements,” Cmdr. Gabe Guzman said Monday of the trio accused in the killing of the well-liked Hardy.

Hardy was home with his two young children while his wife was at work when the alleged rip-off robbery occurred.

According to neighbors and police, Hardy sold marijuana, and one of the suspects got the idea to rob him. The three suspects met before the robbery, with one of them showing the others a gun. Guzman quoted one of the suspects as saying they were going to need the weapon because the victim would probably fight.

Guzman said the three allegedly walked across Clearview Park around 6:30 p.m. Thursday and made their way to the apartments at 1603 Berwick Blvd. They then went to the second-floor apartment and knocked on the door.

Police and witnesses said the leader of the group immediately pointed the gun at Hardy, who grabbed the weapon.

“Then they started fighting and one round went into the ceiling outside the apartment,” said Guzman.

The fight continued down the hallway where Hardy was shot multiple times. The suspects fled and neighbors called police.

Hardy died at the scene from four gunshot wounds to the head and torso, said Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd.

Guzman did not identify which suspect is the accused shooter.

Waukegan Gang Intelligence Unit officers were in the area and saw two suspects cutting back through Clearview Park and they took them into custody.

The pair claimed they were just going to a female acquaintance’s apartment, so police went there. That was where officers found the third suspect giving himself a haircut. Police recovered the gun, gloves and other evidence, Guzman said.

Hardy’s neighbors said he was well liked and a generous person known for helping people out and holding barbecues behind the apartment building, even though he was dealing marijuana.

“He was a family man regardless of what he did,” she said one neighbor.

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