Gang trio gets prison in Cobb gun shop robbery that ended in gunfire

From left to right, mugshots of: Marice Primus, Rashaud Brewer, Rashad Kirkland.
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From left to right, mugshots of: Marice Primus, Rashaud Brewer, Rashad Kirkland.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Three gang members were each recently sentenced to a decade of prison time for robbing a gun shop in Cobb County about a year ago.

All three convicted Bloods members pleaded guilty to their charges, including burglary and gang violence: Rashad Kirkland, 25, of Austell; Rashaud Brewer, 21, of Dallas; and 25-year-old Marice Primus, of Smyrna, who also goes by Maurice Irwin.

Kirkland was sentenced Tuesday. The other two men were sentenced last week.

Before dawn on July 19, 2016, residents near the Deercreek Gun Shop called 911 to report “hearing loud, jackhammer-type noises” and people with flashlights on the roof, prosecutors said in a news release.

Police responded to the business on South Fairground Street, near the Cobb County Civic Center, after the silent alarms went off.

Prosecutors said the trio broke in, smashed the display cases and packed up more than 35 guns, mostly handguns and rifles.

The trio ran into problems when they tried to leave.

“The thieves apparently had trouble getting their loot out of the store, and at one point, one suspect fired shots through the shop’s front door in an effort to get out,” prosecutors said.

Marietta officers shot back, but no one was hit.

The standoff occurred days after the deadly police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

"We had to be careful because it's a gun store and police are being shot at these days," Marietta police's Brittany Wallace told Channel 2 Action News at the time. "There is a fear right now in law enforcement. People seem to hate us."

Cobb superior court judge Mary Staley Clark also sentenced each of the men to 10 years probation.

“This was a very dangerous crime that held potentially catastrophic repercussions had those weapons made their way to the street and the hands of other criminals,” said the case’s prosecutor Jaret Usher.

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It happened at the Deer Creek Gun Store on South Fairground Street Tuesday morning.

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