Larico Nelson admits to shooting Kevin Stewart near IHOP, claims self-defense

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The suspected gunman in Friday morning’s fatal shooting of Kevin Stewart near the Antioch IHOP has met with South Precinct detectives, surrendered his pistol, and reports that he shot Stewart in self-defense as Stewart was raising a gun toward him.

The 23-year-old admitted shooter, Larico Nelson, who was legally in possession of a pistol, and two 22-year-old friends who were with him, gave full statements before leaving the South Precinct.  Their accounts of the events Friday morning will be shared with the District Attorney’s Office.

Nelson reported that Stewart, 32, approached the Audi SUV they were in and wanted to know who had been beating on his car window.  Moments earlier, a woman not involved in the shooting believed that someone had stolen her cellphone from inside the restaurant and was knocking on the doors and windows of just departed IHOP patrons in an effort to get her phone back.  Detectives now think that Stewart may have erroneously connected the Audi SUV with the female.

Nelson, the driver of the Audi, reported that Stewart was armed and raised his pistol toward him, at which point he fired on Stewart and drove away.  Witnesses at the scene Friday morning reported seeing a pistol on the ground beside Stewart after he was shot; however, no gun was there when officers arrived.

Detectives continue to actively investigate this shooting death.

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