Suspect sought in man's slaying youth shot dead

August 15, 1991

Police issued a warrant yesterday for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Southeast Baltimore man early yesterday in a parking lot at President and Pratt streets. However, they had no suspects in the shooting death Tuesday of a 17-year-old West Baltimore boy.

Police charged LeQuan High, 18, of the first block of Albemarle Street, with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the death of Sheltry Holmes, 22, of the 100 block of South Exeter Street.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight yesterday when a man with a gun confronted Mr. Holmes in the 200 block of Albemarle Street, where the pair continued a long-running argument about some jewelry.

The man pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Holmes in the back as he tried to run. Witnesses told police that Mr. Holmes collapsed in the parking lot.

Police found a silver-colored .32-caliber handgun under a portable toilet three feet away from Mr. Holmes, but they did not know whether the weapon was connected with the shooting.

In the other slaying, Quanta Arnett, 17, was shot during a street fight Tuesday night in the 1700 block of West Lanvale Street.

Witnesses told police that an unidentified man intervened and fired several shots at the teen-ager, who lived in the 2200 block of West Lafayette Avenue.

One of the bullets struck the Arnett youth in the head. He was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Another bullet grazed the knee of Shellavene Lawson, 22, of the 900 block of Argyle Street. He was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center and released.

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