A fight between two groups of teen-agers last Saturday in East Baltimore that saw a 4-year-old child shot in the head began because they "didn't like the way they looked at each other," police said yesterday.
Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman, said two brothers, Antoine Lamont Vines, 18, of the 2100 block of Orleans Street and Richard Vines, 16, of the 200 block of North Castle Street, were arrested yesterday and charged with attempted first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime. A third youth, 16-year-old Alfonso Jones of the first block of Skipjack Court, Essex, was taken into custody Wednesday on identical charges, the spokesman said.
Mr. Hill said the investigation is continuing and other arrests are possible.
The victim, Quantae Maurice "Pookie" Johnson, is reported in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Doctors said a bullet lodged in the boy's head but caused no major damage to his brain. A decision will be made later on whether or not to remove the bullet, they said.
The argument last weekend in the 600 block of North Castle Street began with an exchange of words between the youths and then erupted into a fistfight, Mr. Hill said.
The fight escalated, and shots were fired, injuring Quantae, the spokesman said.