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Police said Friday former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street. (AP File Photo)

Police said late Friday that former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who was once suspended by the league over guns in the locker room, has been charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street.

According to a report by the Associated Press, police have secured a murder warrant for the arrest of Crittenton in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jullian Jones on Aug. 19. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said Crittenton is not in custody and is wanted.

Atlanta police Maj. Keith Meadows told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday night that Crittenton is believed to be in the Los Angeles area. He said the FBI is involved in the investigation.

The victim, a mother of four, was walking with a group of people when an SUV drove by and she was shot by one of the vehicle's passengers, police said.

It is believed by investigators that the woman was not the intended target but was instead the unfortunate victim of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim, Campos said in a statement.

For those unfamiliar with Crittenton illustrious career, he most recently played in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and was involved in a gun altercation with Gilbert Arenas. For that, he was given a 38-game suspension by the NBA after he and Arenas acknowledged that they brought guns into the locker room following an argument that stemmed from a card game.

Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Jan. 25, 2010 and received probation. For obvious reasons, he wasn't re-signed by the Wizards.

Having already exposed a seemingly sanguinary streak, his career did not look promising. This most recent opprobrium will surely mark the last, dying ember of his swift, albeit memorable, foray into professional athletics.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story).

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